St. Ignatius, Montana

Situated in the city it gave name to and at the base of the mountains it did as well is St. Ignatius Mission, the final stop on my recent swing through the return address portion of the United States’ envelope.

St. Ignatius Mission is the oldest Catholic parish in the Jesuit tradition in the West, arriving in the area in 1954 at the behest of the Salish and Kootenai people who lived there. The church, a National Register of Historic Places site, has been serving the people of the Flathead Reservation since then.

A renovation of the historic space was completed just last year, returning the worship space and its 58 intricate murals back to its original splendor.

The church, with the mountains it gave name to in the background.
The mission church features 58 murals.

The first home for the missionaries still stands.

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