Restoration St Ignatius Mission

$10,045 of $50k goal

Raised by 140 people in 18 months
Andrew Maddock  SAINT IGNATIUS, MT
The St. Ignatius Mission was founded in 1854 by Jesuit missionaries on the Flathead Indian reservation in western Montana.  At one time the Mission was home to the first Jesuit theological and industrial arts school in the Northwest, the first Catholic Sisters and Catholic school in Montana, a hospital, sawmill, flour mill, printing press, carpenter shop and blacksmith shop.  

Today the Mission consists of four buildings: two of the original residences, the rectory and the church.  The missionaries and the Indian people worked together to build the church in 1891  using locally made clay bricks and lumber hewn from trees in the surrounding area.  

The most extraordinary feature of the St. Ignatius church are the 58 murals painted on the interior plaster walls.  These works of art were painted in 1901-1902 by Brother Joseph Carignano, an Italian Jesuit with no professional art training. Murals of this type are rare in this country and have been leaving visitors from around the world awestruck for over 100 years.  

The east wall has shifted causing three of the largest murals to crack and buckle.  Pieces of the plaster have already fallen, and time is of the essence to prevent the destruction of this historical and cultural treasure.  

Funds raised here will be used to stabilize the murals and stop any further damage.  We are applying for grants and exploring other sources of money to fund the full restoration of these exquisite works of art, but that is a long process and it is imperative that work begin immediately.   These funds will be used to bridge the gap until full funding is available and allow the art conservator to stabilize the murals and develop the necessary action plan to restore them to their former glory.

The  stress on the wall makes this project time critical, and each passing day further imperils this important historical and cultural masterpiece.

The  murals of the St. Ignatius Mission are truly one of a kind.  We must preserve this sacred work of art for it is irreplaceable and can never be duplicated. 

Here are photos of the murals before the damage.  Help us restore and preserve this exquisite piece of art and cultural history.

http://crownofthecontinent.natgeotourism.com/content/st-ignatius-mission-church/cotf80bfdd8b9c82269b
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Update 4
Posted by Nancy Plant
17 months ago
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To all who have donated so far thank you very much. Donations are slowing down now but the damage to the murals has not. Please share this message with your friends, neighbors, relatives or anyone you think might help. God Bless you and your family.
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Update 3
Posted by Nancy Plant
17 months ago
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We sincerely thank you all who have contributed, shared or posted about this restoration project. Losing the murals off the walls of this historic mission is unthinkable. Please continue sharing and/or posting. To date we have raised around 7% of the goal. We need everyone's help at this point. Thank you.
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Update 2
Posted by Nancy Plant
17 months ago
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Great News, so far we have had 24 donors for a total of $1,470 donated for the project. We are on our way with 3% of the funds we need. Please spread the word to everyone you know who might help with this very necessary project. Blessings to all.
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Posted by Nancy Plant
17 months ago
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Thank you so much to those of you who have donated. It means so much to know this historic Mission has so many friends. God Bless each and everyone of you.
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$10,045 of $50k goal

Raised by 140 people in 18 months
Created October 20, 2015
LL
$20
lidya lauw
27 days ago
MT
$25
Michael Trahan
29 days ago
RC
$75
Robert Cole
1 month ago
CB
$100
Charlene Bandy
1 month ago

This has always been one of my favorite places. I stopped there many times on my way to Kalispell. Let me know what I can do to help.

LR
$20
Lee Ryan
2 months ago

I am happy to make a donation for this worthy cause. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. May God bless you!

$25
Anonymous
3 months ago
KJ
$200
Kellianne Johnson
3 months ago

In memory of my Max Johnson and the beautiful church that means so much to all of us.

$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$200
Anonymous
3 months ago
LW
$70
Linda Welch
3 months ago

In honor of my father, Tom Fontenoy, on the occasion of his 70th Birthday, I am making a donation, on his behalf, to help with the restoration of this beautiful church. He was greatly impressed with the art, architecture, and history of the St. Ignatius Mission when he visited their recently and he expressed to me how strongly he felt that the church needs to be preserved for future generations. Happy Birthday, Dad!

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