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Part of our in-depth series exploring Sioux Nation Forts

P.O. Box 667
St. Ignatius, MT 59865
Phone: 406-745-2768

The St. Ignatius Mission was built in the early 1890's. This Catholic Church is unique because its walls and ceilings have 61 original paintings by Brother Joseph Carignano, S.J. on them. The Mission Mountain Range is a beautiful backdrop of scenery behind the Mission Church. The church is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We have two very special paintings of the Salish Lord and Lord’s mother (in Native American form) that are located in the back of the Mission.

Next to the Mission, we have a museum and gift shop that displays Mission and Indian artifacts and sells religious items. We also have the log home which was the original Sisters’ residence when they first arrived.

The Mission is open daily for tourists and for those who wish to worship privately from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the summer. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the winter. Sunday Mass is at 9:15 a.m.


We are approximately 50 miles north of Missoula, just off Highway 93 in St. Ignatius. St. Ignatius Mission is located approximately 2 blocks off Highway 93. Signs are on the highway, and you can see the Mission from the highway.

Season of Operation

All Year

Services and Amenities

Registered Historic Site
Handicapped Accessible
Public Restroom
Gift Shop



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