Chief Seattle Baptism Entry

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According to our sacramental registers, Chief Seattle was baptized at the age of 50 at Priest Point (near Olympia) on March 17, 1857 by the French missionary priest Father Eugene Casimir Chirouse, OMI, a member of the order of Oblates of Mary Immaculate who Bishop Blanchet tasked with missionizing many of the Native peoples of Washington Territory. He took the Christian name of Noah, and Fr. Chirouse recorded his name in French as Noé Siyatle.


Incidentally, we still have Fr. Chirouse’s homemade thurible in the Archives.