GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-2

Tekakwitha Conference. National Center
2225 North Bolton Avenue 
Alexandria, LA 71301

Phone: 318-483-3908
Email: tekconf@gmail.com

 

History:

1939-1976

In Fargo, North Dakota, Bishop Aloysius Muench (later Cardinal; 1889-1962) founded the Tekakwitha Conference in collaboration with missionaries among Northern Plains tribes, which became an annual meeting supporting their pastoral mission

1977-1980

Under the leadership of Rev. Gilbert F. Hemauer, O.F.M.Cap. (1938-2016), Sister Kateri Mitchell (Mohawk), S.S.A., and others, and with financial support from the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the Tekakwitha Conference reorganized. and emerged as a national association to support the spiritual needs of Native American Catholics. It established a national support center, first in Bozeman, and then in Great Falls, Montana.

 1977-present

 The annual conferences of the Tekakwitha Conference became four-day events featuring daily inculturated liturgies, workshops, and pilgrimages to local sites of common interest. It promoted the formation of Kateri circles (local chapters).

2013

The national center moved to a Conference-owned facility in Alexandria, Louisiana

 

Holding of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1980s-ongoing

Volume: Few cubic feet possible

Description: Recent records only; Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serves as the archival repository of the Tekakwitha Conference.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives. However, Marquette’s holdings, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, include related records about these Native and Catholic groups and places.

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