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2019 Montana Mission Trip

Ursuline attended its 10th Montana Ursuline Experience Mission trip.

The trip, entitled "Where Angela Has Led Us," explored the heritage of Ursuline missions, Native American culture, and historic sites from July 8-15. Attendees included Director of Mission and Hertiage Sister Lois Castillon, Visual Arts Teacher Leah Schlief-Freese, Assistant Librarian Carolyn Croley, Visual Arts Teacher Bill Thompson and his wife, Cheryl. 

The group stayed at the Ursuline Centre in Great Falls, Montana. Built in 1911, it is a grand place with classrooms, dormitories, offices, parlors, a performance theater, chapel, museum, dining hall, kitchen, archive, and much more.

Throughout their time there, the group learned about the eight Ursuline Montana Missions started in 1884. This history is interwoven with the greater history of Montana, including Native Americans and the various industries of the time (cattle, farming, railroad, etc.). They had several field trips:

  • Lewis & Clark Museum
  • Charles Russell Museum
  • Three Ursuline Missions (St. Peter, St. Ignatius, and St. Paul)

They also visited the Giant Spring State Park where a spring churns out over 150 million gallons a day into the Missouri River. 

Don Fish, Blackfoot tribesman, presented in the classroom and in the field, connecting the group to his culture. "It was the highlight of my experience," said Bill Thompson. 

The group also shared a special moment with Sister Francis, Ursuline Centre Archivist, who was celebrating her 70th Jubilee. They joined her for mass in the chapel.

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