Restoration St Ignatius Mission

$9,805 of $50k goal

Raised by 135 people in 15 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.

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Posted by Nancy Plant
14 months ago
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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Posted by Nancy Plant
14 months ago
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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Posted by Nancy Plant
14 months ago
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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14 months ago
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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$9,805 of $50k goal

Raised by 135 people in 15 months
Created October 20, 2015
$25
Anonymous
2 days ago
KJ
$200
Kellianne Johnson
19 days ago

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

$50
Anonymous
21 days ago
$200
Anonymous
22 days ago
LW
$70
Linda Welch
23 days 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!

$250
Anonymous
1 month ago
$50
Lynette Brimble
1 month ago

I have visited the mission and the surrounding Indian community several times because of my 87-year-old father, who has always had a great respect for the Jesuits and the original Americans. We bought many beautiful things from the gift store and have been filled with wonder by the murals in the chapel. I am hopeful that you will obtain the funds you need to restore the murals and the buildings so that God will let you continue to do good works uninterrupted in the community that needs so much help

MA
$50
Myra Appel
5 months ago
$25
Anonymous
5 months ago
GR
$25
Gayle Rodgers
5 months ago

The Mission is truly a national treasure worthy of restoration and preservation. God bless you Father Maddock for your dedication to efforts to do just that. The feelings of peace and personal restoration I experience when I visit the Mission are an experience I pray many, many others will have a chance to experience for years to come.

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