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

Holy Ghost Fathers. United States Province 
6230 Brush Run Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102

Phone: 412-831-0302

 

Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: Founded in France, 1703, the Holy Ghost Fathers (a.k.a. Congregation of the Holy Ghost, Spiritans) self-identify with the post-nominal initials, “C.S.Sp.” They made their first U.S. foundation in Baltimore, 1794, which established a U.S. province that divided into the Eastern U.S. and Western U.S. provinces, 1964, and reunified, 2009. The Western Province Holy Ghost Fathers administered the following missions and parishes among Native Americans:

1940-1956

St. Augustine Church (few Native Americans, e.g. Osage, Cherokee), Tulsa, Oklahoma

1971-1979

St. Catherine Mission (Apache), Cibecue, Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona

1971-1979

St. Anthony Mission (Apache), Cedar Creek, Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona

1968-1990 (transferred to San Diego Diocese)

St. Joseph Church (Aguas Calientes), San Jacinto, California

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1940-1983, undated

Volume: .02 cubic foot

Description:

 

/1 Parish files: Arranged alphabetically by place followed by parish name:

A. Arizona, Fort Apache Reservation, Cedar Creek, St. Anthony Mission: Unknown

B. Arizona, Fort Apache Reservation, Cibecue, St. Catherine Mission: Unknown

C. California, San Jacinto, St. Joseph Mission, 1983, undated, 1 folder; correspondence, clippings, house chronicle or history, and notes

D. Oklahoma, Tulsa, St. Augustine Church, 1940-1956, undated, 1 folder; correspondence, notes, and photographs (black and white and color prints), re: Cherokee, Comanche, Creek, Otoe, Quawpaw, and Shawnee Indians in dance costumes and in church; also a statue honoring St. Kateri Tekakwitha, installed within the new church in 1956, which claimed to be the first church in Oklahoma to do so

 

/2 Personnel files: Members who served missions and parishes among Native Americans: Unknown.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives.

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