GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-9

St. Joseph Church
209 North Washington Street
P.O. Box 789
Elton, LA 70532

Phone: 337-584-2038

 

History: St. Joseph Church, Elton, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Diocese of Lake Charles (Archives: Lake Charles, Louisiana).

1980-present

Lake Charles diocesan priests have administered St. Joseph Church

1990s-present

St. Joseph’s developed an outreach ministry

A parish outreach ministry attracted some Native American (Koasati [Coushatta]) parishioners

2002-present

Some Native Americans (Koasati [Coushatta]) became parishioners of St. Joseph’s

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 2002-ongoing

Volume: Few records within volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for the Koasati Indian parishioners of St. Joseph Church.

 

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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