T he remains of one of northern Michigan's first Catholic priests are being returned home after more than a hundred years.
F ather Philip Zorn was known for establishing Catholic churches in many of our communities and Friday he will be laid to rest in at Holy Childhood Church in Harbor Springs.
A couple decades ago , R ev. Francis Partridge at St. Augustine Monastery in Conway started researching the beloved priests past.
H e discovered that Father Zorn was buried in the year 1900 at a hospital cemetary in Manistee. This was far from his home in Emmet County.
F ather Zorn spent a majority of the 1800s in Harbor Springs and was also in charge of churches in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Suttons Bay, and many others around the area.
A few years back , F ather Partridge visited the grave site and felt that Father Zorn did not receive a proper burial.
" Whoever put the name on the tombstone spelled the name S-O-R-I-N, that wasn't his name," Father Partridge explained. "I think it's a disgrace that he was buried under the wrong stone for 113 years."
F ather Partridge tells funded this project with his own money so he could ensure the project could be completed quickly.
The burial will be held Friday July 12th at Holy Childhood Church in Harbor Springs. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.