Mission Accomplished

St. Ignatius Mission Church, Art, Mural, Interior

It’s not surprising to learn that the St. Ignatius Mission, located on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation, is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Or unusual that the reason for its listing is the 58 stunning murals that adorn the mission’s walls and ceiling. What is uncommon, though, is Brother Joseph Carignano: the untrained amateur artist employed at the mission as a handyman and cook who painted them all in his spare time.

St. Ignatius Mission Murals, Art, Paintings, Interior

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9 Comments on “Mission Accomplished”

  1. Jean November 5, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Wow. My partner cycled through that area this fall. Had he known..


  2. Cindy @ In A Stitch November 5, 2012 at 11:53 am #



  3. heavenhappens November 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I think this is a wonderful post and the photos are great. I went to an Indian mission where I saw a wonderful painting of Mary as an Indian Squaw with baby Jesus on her back in a papoose. I wonder if it is the same mission. Did you take any photos of that?


  4. Shtina November 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Incredible! I can’t believe a naive, amateur artist created all of that! Thanks.


  5. NewLifeOnTheRoad (@NewLifeOnRoad) November 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Cant believe that he painted all of that in his own free time? That is incredible – and so amazing that he wasnt even trained!


  6. Katie Glenn November 6, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Amazing! It makes me reevaluate what I do with my free time. 😉


    • Brian November 11, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Yeah, stupid overachievers. LOL.


  7. earthriderjudyberman November 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Stunning paintings and story.


  8. It is exactly what I’m looking for. Thank you so much.


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