Our View: Salute for the week of July 15
The communities in the Little Traverse Bay area are to be commended for their prompt clean-up efforts following the celebration of our nation's 237th birthday.
The Fourth of July parades, fireworks, concerts and other festivities create an enormous amount of trash, much of which was left in the glow of the night's fireworks displays. We don't understand why people think it's OK to leave their trash for someone else to clean up, but area communities stepped up to do the job revelers should have done themselves.
Crews must have worked all night to pick up, straighten up and clean up debris from the holiday celebrations because when the sun rose on the fifth of July, the remnants of the weekend's Fourth of July celebrations were swept away, with only community pride left in sight.
The Rev. Philip Zorn is back "home" thanks to the efforts of the Rev. Francis C. Partridge, a priest at the St. Augustine Monastery in Conway.
Father Partridge has been working for decades on bringing the remains of Father Zorn back to Harbor Springs, where he spent the majority of his priesthood. Zorn was ordained in Harbor Springs in 1856 by Bishop Frederic Baraga. He assisted at Cross Village Church in 1857, was pastor there until 1861, and then was made pastor of Holy Childhood Church in 1862, where he remained until 1884.
As pastor of Holy Childhood, Zorn oversaw four missions and nine stations, ranging from St. Mary's church in Cheboygan and St. Ignatius on Beaver Island to St. Mary's in Lake Leelanau and St. Michael's in Suttons Bay.
In 1884, Zorn was moved to St. Joseph Church in Elbridge, Oceana County. Zorn died in Manistee in April of 1900 and was buried in a Catholic cemetery beneath a headstone that erroneously read "Fr. Sorin."
The misspelling of Father Zorn's name didn't sit well with Father Partridge nor did the fact that he was buried in Manistee not in Harbor Springs. Partridge's goal was to exhume Zorn's remains and rebury them on the grounds of Holy Childhood Church. To do so, he had to get permission from the bishop, Zorn's descendants and permission from the health department.
St. Francis Xavier parishioner Joe Hoffman assisted Partridge in his efforts to bring Zorn back to Harbor Springs and make Holy Childhood his final resting place.
"He's been doing research for years and years, and he has a very extensive collection, but I did help him as much as I could," said Hoffman. "The reason we're helping Father (Partridge) is that it's a great thing. Zorn was a great influence in the area, one of the shining stars of helping people."
Father Zorn's remains are now officially "home." A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by the Rev. Bishop Bernard Hebda, took place Friday, July 12, at Holy Childhood Church in Harbor Springs.
A cultural gem
The Chautauqua in our midst offers a quiet respite and a plethora of cultural opportunities to all area residents.
During the summer months, the historic Bay View community is bursting with music, theater, films, opera, lectures, worship, seminars and education ... all open to the public.
Those who haven't taken advantage of the many offerings in this idyllic community, have several weeks yet this season to treat themselves to some of the many religious, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. More information can be found at www.bayviewassociation.org.
The Bay View Association was founded in 1875 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Victorian charm of Bay View is one of the many things that makes our area of the state unique.