Listen to the Tour:
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Artist: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799-1868)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Lender: Midwest Jesuit Archives
The mission of these Jesuits originated in Father De Smet’s dream to build a Jesuit reduction-or religious community-in the Rockies similar to the reduction in South America. These four drawings depict different aspects of the Jesuit’s mission. St. Mary’s Mission in the first piece was the primary church in the Flathead territory, and within missions like St. Mary’s the Jesuits taught Christianity to the young and old alike, as depicted in the second piece. The last two drawings show the Sacred Heart Mission among the Coeur d’Alene, the second tribe Point ministered to in his near decade of service.
Written and narrated by Liam Brew.