Father Pierre Jean De Smet, SJ (1801–1873)


Born in Belgium, De Smet came to the United States and entered the Society of Jesus for the purpose of serving in frontier missions. He helped to found the Missouri Province of Jesuits at Florissant, then inaugurated missions among Indians of the Plains and Rockies: Sioux (Dakotas and Lakotas), Coeur d'Alenes, Flatheads, Pend d'Oreilles, and Blackfeet. He also worked for a time at St. Louis University, in which city he died.

Photo courtesy of Washington State University


Pierre De Smet Papers, Washington State University * Catholic Encyclopedia


J. Peterson and L. Peers, Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West