GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES Volume 5: Help Pages: Catholic Groups

These Catholic Church agencies and affiliated Catholic organizations have had past involvement in evangelization and ministry to Native Americans in the United States, and they were have been included in the Marquette University surveys of archival records about Native Americans. Most, but not all Catholic groups maintain their records in one or more archival repositories. The following terms are Library of Congress (LC) subject headings for the groups and used in the entries. Affiliated organizations follow. See Search and Tips for effective use of these terms.

Catholic Church. Holy See

Three agencies of the Holy See include at least some documentation pertaining to Native Americans in the United States. They are the Archivio Vaticana or Archivum Secretum Vaticanum (Vatican Archives), which is in Vatican City, and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) and the Congregatio Pro Gentium Evangelizatione (Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples), both of which are in Rome. The Congregatio Pro Gentium Evangelizatione was formerly known as the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide or Propaganda Fide.

Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Through its subcommittee on Native American Affairs, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishopsconnects with diocesan and national activities about Native American Catholics.

Catholic Church. Archdioceses and Dioceses

Many of the archdioceses and dioceses, primarily in the Midwest and West, but also the East, hold Catholic records about Native Americans in the United States. These Roman rite arch/ dioceses are arranged A-Z by state and there under by lineage. Within the entries, the history notes for each include the names of all Native Catholic missions, parishes, and schools within that diocese and its predecessors. For more summary information on the history of dioceses, see the website, Catholic Hierarchy.

Alabama

Habana (Cuba) > New Orleans > Mobile > Birmingham

Alaska

Vancouver (Canada) > Fairbanks > Anchorage, Juneau

Arizona

Durango (Mexico) > Hermosillo (Mexico) > Santa Fe > Tucson > Gallup (+ New Mexico), Phoenix

California

Durango (Mexico) > Hermosillo (Mexico) > Los Angeles > Orange, San Diego > San Bernardino; Los Angeles > San Francisco > Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Monterey > Fresno

Colorado

Denver > Pueblo

Connecticut

No Native Guide entries

Delaware

Baltimore + Philadelphia > Wilmington (+ Maryland)

District of Columbia

Baltimore > Washington (+ Maryland); Military Services, U.S.A.

Florida

Seville (Spain) > Habana (Cuba) > New Orleans > Mobile > Savanah > St. Augustine > Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Pensacola-Tallahassee, Palm Beach, Venice

Georgia

No Native Guide entries

Hawaii

Honolulu; Military Services, U.S.A.

Idaho

St. Louis > Boise

Illinois

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > Louisville > Indianapolis > Chicago, Peoria, Joliet; other dioceses no Native Guide entries

Indiana

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > Louisville > Indianapolis, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Lafayette; Evansville and Gary = no Native Guide entries

Iowa

St. Louis > Dubuque > Sioux City

Kansas

St. Louis > Kansas City > Salina, Wichita, Dodge City

Louisiana

Habana (Cuba) > New Orleans > Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Natchitoches > Alexandria-Shreveport > Alexandria, Shreveport

Maine

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > New York > Boston > Portland

Maryland

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > Wilmington (+ Delaware), Washington (+ District of Columbia)

Massachusetts

 

Michigan

Quebec (Canada)> Baltimore >Louisville > Cincinnati > Detroit > Marquette, Lansing, Grand Rapids > Gaylord

Minnesota

St. Louis > Des Moines > St. Paul-Minneapolis > St. Cloud, Duluth > Crookston

Mississippi

New Orleans > Mobile > Jackson

Missouri

New Orleans > St. Louis

Montana

Portland and St. Louis > Helena > Great Falls-Billings

Nebraska

St. Louis > Omaha > Grand Island

Nevada

Reno > Las Vegas

New Hampshire

 

New Mexico

Guadalajara (Mexico) > Durango (Mexico)> Santa Fe > Gallup (+ Arizona), Las Cruces

New York

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > New York > Albany > Syracuse, Ogdensburg

North Carolina

Baltimore > Charleston > Belmont Abbey + Raleigh > Charlotte

North Dakota

St. Boniface (Canada) + St. Louis > Des Moines > Omaha > St. Paul > Sioux Falls > Fargo > Bismarck

Ohio

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > Louisville > Cincinnati > Cleveland; other dioceses = no Native Guide entries

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City > Tulsa

Oregon

Portland > Baker

Puerto Rico

Seville (Spain) > Habana (Cuba) > San Juan > Mayaguez

Rhode Island

No Native Guide entries

South Carolina

Baltimore > Charleston

South Dakota

St. Louis > Omaha > St. Paul > Sioux Falls > Rapid City

Texas

Morella (Mexico) > Monterrey (Mexico) > Galveston + Durango (Mexico) > Dallas, San Antonio > El Paso, Laredo

Texas

Habana (Cuba) > New Orleans > Natchitoches

U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas

Utah

Denver > Salt Lake City

Vermont

 

Virginia

Richmond > Arlington

Washington

Portland > Seattle > Spokane > Yakima

West Virginia

No Native Guide entries

Wisconsin

Quebec (Canada) > Baltimore > Louisville > Cincinnati > Detroit > Milwaukee > Green Bay, La Crosse > Superior

Wyoming

St. Louis > Omaha > Cheyenne

 

Affiliated Catholic Organizations

The Native Guide entries note the following religious organizations. The Official Catholic Directory provides concise descriptions for many of these organizations and the Catholic Encyclopedia provides historical summaries for a few of the larger ones.

 

Confraternities

Catholic Chippewa Congress (Minnesota)

Catholic Sioux Congress (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota)

 

Evangelistic Organizations

American Board of Catholic Missions

Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America [Catholic Church Extension Society, Extension]

Catholic Interracial Council

Catholic Medical Mission Board

Commission for Catholic Missions among Colored People and Indians [Black and Indian Mission Collection]

Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters

Holy Childhood Association

Leopoldinen-Stiftung im Kaisertume Oesterreich [Leopoldine Society] (Austria)

Ludwigs-verein (Germany)

Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions

Society for the Propagation of the Faith

Society for the Propagation of the Faith [Propagation de la Foi] (France)

Tekakwitha Conference

 

Friendly Societies

Catholic Central Verein of America

Catholic Mutual Group/ Catholic Mutual Relief Society

 

Religious Institutes (Orders) of Men, A-Z

Arranged alphabetically by Library of Congress (LC) subject headings with alternative names in [brackets] and organizational initials in (parentheses), which members use to identify themselves. The entries use the LC versions plus alternative names and their initials to denote notable members.

Apostles of Jesus (A.J.)

Augustinians [Order of St. Augustine] (O.S.A.)

Barnabites [Clerics Regular of St. Paul] (C.R.S.P.)

Belgian Foreign Missionaries of Scheut [Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Missionaries of Scheut] (C.I.C.M.)

Benedictines [Benedictine Fathers] (O.S.B.)

Carmelites [Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Calced Carmelite Fathers, Calced Carmelites, Discalced Carmelites] (O.C.C.) (O.C.D.)

Brothers of the Sacred Heart (S.C.)

Comboni Missionaries [Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, Verona Fathers] (F.S.C.J.) (M.C.C.J.)

Capuchins [Capuchin Fathers, Capuchin Franciscans, Franciscan Capuchins, Order of Friars Minor] (O.M.Cap.) (O.F.M.Cap.)

Christian Brothers [Brothers of the Christian Schools] (F.S.C.)

Claretian Missionaries (C.M.F.)

Comboni Missionaries [Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, Verona Fathers] (M.C.C.J.)

Congregation of Holy Cross [Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross] (C.S.C.)

Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart [Sacred Heart Fathers] (S.C.J.)

Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (S.S.S.)

Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Missionhurst, Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary] (C.I.C.M.)

Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary [Picpus Fathers (C.C.J.M.)] (SS.CC.)

Conventuals [Order of Friars Minor Conventual, Conventual Franciscans] (O.F.M.Conv.)

Crosier Fathers [Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, Fathers of the Holy Cross] (O.S.C)

Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.)

Dominicans [Order of Preachers] (O.P.)

Franciscans [Franciscan Fathers, Order of Friars Minor] (O.F.M.)

Glenmary Home Missioners (Glmy.)

Hijos de la Sagrada Familia [Sons of the Holy Family] (S.F.)

Holy Ghost Fathers [Congregation of the Holy Ghost and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spiritans] (C.S.Sp.)

Holy Fathers of Notre Dame [unknown]

Jesuits [Society of Jesus] (S.J.)

Marian Fathers [Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception] (M.I.C.)

Marianists (S.M.)

Marist Brothers (F.M.S.)

Marists (S.M.)

Mercedarians [Order of Our Lady of Mercy] (O.de.M.)

Missionaries of La Salette [Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette] (M.S.)

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.)

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity ((M.S.S.S.T.) (S.T.)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate [Missionary Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate, Oblate Fathers, Oblates of Mary] (O.M.I.)

Pallotines [Society of the Catholic Apostolate] (S.A.C.)

Passionists [Congregation of the Passion] (C.P.)

Paulist Fathers (C.S.P.)

Premonstratensians [Canons Regular of Premontre, Norbertine Fathers, Norbertines] (O. Praem.)

Redemptorists [Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris] (C.Ss.R.)

Regular Franciscans [Third Order Regular of St. Francis] (T.O.R.)

Rosminians [Institute of Charity] (I.C.)

St. Columbans Foreign Mission Society (S.S.C.)

Salvatorians [Society of the Divine Savior] (S.D.S.)

Seminary of the Foreign Missions

Servites (O.S.M.)

Society of African Missions (S.M.A.)

Society of the Atonement [Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Graymoor Friars] (S.A.)

Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.)

Society of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.)

Society of St. Edmund [Edmundites, Society of St. Edmund Fathers, Society of the Fathers of St. Edmund] (S.S.E.)

Sons of the Holy Family (S.F.)

Sulpicians [Society of St. Sulpice] (S.S.)

Theatines [Theatine Fathers] (C.R.)

Trappists [The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance] (O.C.S.O.)

Vincentians [Congregation of the Mission] (C.M.)

Xaverians [Brothers of St. Francis Xavier] (C.F.X.)

 

Religious Institutes (Orders) of Women, A-Z

Arranged alphabetically by Library of Congress (LC) subject headings with alternative names in [brackets] and organizational initials in (parentheses), which members use to identify themselves. The entries use the LC versions plus alternative names and their initials to denote notable members.

Adorers of the Blood of Christ (A.S.C.)

Adrian Dominican Sisters [Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary] (O.P.)

Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (O.S.B.)

Benedictine Sisters of Pontifical Jurisdiction (O.S.B.)

Canonesses of St. Augustin of Louvain, Belgium

Canossian Daughters of Charity [Daughters of Charity of Canossa] (Fd.C.C.)

Carmelites [Carmelite Nuns, Carmelite Sisters, Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel] (O.C.D.)

Carmelites of St. Therese [Carmelites of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus] (C.S.T.)

Congregation of American Sisters (C.A.S.)

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (D.C.)

Daughters of the Heart of Mary (D.H.M.)

Discalced Carmelites [Discalced Carmelite Nuns] (O.C.D.)

Dominican Sisters. Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary [Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters. Congregation of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart [Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters. Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominic of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters. Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin [Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic, Spokane Dominicans] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters. Edmonds Congregation of the Holy Cross [Sisters of St. Dominic, Aberdeen, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters of Great Bend [Great Bend Dominican Sisters, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters of San José [Dominican Sisters of Mission San José, Congregation of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima [Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St. Rose of Lima, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Dominican Sisters of the Roman Congregation [Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic] (O.P.)

Felician Sisters (C.S.S.F.)

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (F.M.M.)

Franciscan Sisters, Clinton Iowa [Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa] (O.S.F.)

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity [Franciscan Sisters of Charity of Alverno, Franciscan Sisters of Manitowoc, Wisconsin] (O.S.F.)

Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (O.S.F.)

Franciscan Sisters of Peace (F.S.P.)

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration [Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse] (F.S.P.A.)

Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement (S.A.)

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (S.F.P.)

Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart (G.N.S.H.)

Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis [Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis] (O.S.F.)

Humility of Mary Sisters [Sisters of the Humility of Mary] (H.M.)

Lady Missionaries of Mary [Lady Missionaries and Catechists, Lady Missionaries of St. Mary’s Mission, The Madams] (L.M.M.)

Little Sisters of Jesus (L.S.J.)

Marist Missionary Sisters [Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary] (S.M.S.M.)

Maryknoll Sisters [Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America] (M.M.)

Missionaries of Charity (M.C.)

Missionary Benedictine Sisters (O.S.B.)

Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity [Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity] (M.S.B.T.) (M.S.S.S.T.)

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.)

Notre Dame Sisters (N.D.)

Oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (O.S.B.S.)

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (O.L.V.M.)

Poor Sisters of St. Francis Seraph of the Perpetual Adoration [Franciscan Sisters of Lafayette, Indiana, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration] (O.S.F.)

Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco (F.M.A.)

School Sisters of Notre Dame [Notre Dame Sisters, School Sisters of Notre Dame of Milwaukee, Wisconsin] (S.S.N.D.)

School Sisters of St. Francis (S.S.S.F.)

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth [Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas] (S.C.L.)

Sisters of Charity of Providence [Sisters of Providence] (S.P.) (F.C.S.P.)

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (B.V.M.)

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

Sisters of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas [Congregation of Divine Providence, San Antonio, Texas] (C.D.P.)

Sisters of Loretto [Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross] (S.L.)

Sisters of Mercy [Sisters of Mercy of the Americas] (R.S.M.)

Sisters of Mount Carmel [Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel] (O.CARM.)

Sisters of Notre Dame (S.N.D.)

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (S.N.D.deN.)

Sisters of St. Agnes [Sisters of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin] (C.S.A.)

Sisters of St. Anne [Sisters of St. Ann] (S.S.A.)

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity [Franciscan Sisters of Buffalo, New York, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and Penance, Sisters of St. Francis, Buffalo, New York, Sisters of St. Francis of Stella Niagara] (O.S.F.)

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia [Sisters of St. Francis of Glenn Riddle, Pennsylvania, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Philadelphia] (O.S.F.)

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross [Bay Settlement Sisters] (O.S.F.)

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family (O.S.F.)

Sisters of St. Francis of the Third Order of Joliet, Illinois [Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Joliet, Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate] (O.S.F.)

Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana (O.S.F.)

Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden, Pennsylvania (C.S.J.) (S.S.J.)

Sisters of St. Joseph, Lewiston, Idaho (C.S.J.) (S.S.J.)

Sisters of St. Joseph, Nazareth, Michigan [Sisters of St. Joseph of Kalamazoo, Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth] (C.S.J.) (S.S.J.)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet [Sisters of St. Joseph of Muskogee, Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Louis] (C.S.J.) (S.S.J.)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille (C.S.J.) (S.S.J.)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange [Sisters of St. Joseph, Orange, California] (C.S.J.) (S.S.J.)

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (S.S.M.O.)

Sisters of St. Rose of Lima [Sisters of St. Rose of Lima, Texarkana, Texas]

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People [Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament] (S.B.S.)

Sisters of the Convent School of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Sisters of the Divine Savior (S.D.S.)

Sisters of the Good Shepherd (C.G.S.) (R.G.S.)

Sisters of the Holy Cross [Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross Sisters] (C.S.C.)

Sisters of the Holy Family (S.H.F.)

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (S.N.J.M)

Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M.)

Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ, Nigeria (I.H.M.)

Sisters of the Infant Jesus (I.J.)

Sisters of the Love of God

Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (P.M.)

Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Presentation Sisters] (P.B.V.M.)

Sisters of the Precious Blood (C.P.P.S.)

Sisters of the Propagation of the Faith

Sisters of the Snows [Oblates of Our Lady of the Snows, Sisters of Our Lady of the Snows] (S.S.)

Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart [Sacred Heart Sisters] (S.D.S.H.)

Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother [Third Order of St. Francis] (S.S.M.)

Sisters of the Third Order of Penance of St. Dominic [+ Spokane Dominicans] (O.P.)

Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi [Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi] (O.S.F.)

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M.)

Society of the Holy Child Jesus (S.H.C.J.)

Society of the Sacred Heart [Religious of the Sacred Heart] (R.S.C.J.)

Soeurs grises de Montréal [Sisters of Charity of Montreal, Grey Nuns] (S.G.M.)

Soeurs grises de Québec [Sisters of Charity of Quebec, Grey Nuns] (S.G.Q.) (S.G.N.)

Ursulines [Ursuline Nuns] (O.S.U.)

Visitation Nuns [Nuns of the Visitation of Mary, Visitandines, Salesian Sisters] (V.H.M.)

Unknown (M.C.S.D.)

 

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