GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-12

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church
173 Main Street
P.O. Box 70
Fort Defiance, AZ 86504

Phone: 928-729-5068
Email: See website (Contact)

 

History: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Fort Defiance, Arizona, has been a predominantly Native American (Navajo) parish in the Navajo Nation and in Diocese of Gallup (Archives: Gallup, New Mexico).

1914-1961

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) (Archives: Cincinnati, Ohio/ archives bulk: St. Michaels, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona) at St. Michaels, St. Michael, established and attended to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Mission (Navajo), Navajo Reservation

1961-1985

Franciscans administered Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

1985-1989

Franciscans (Our Lady of Guadalupe Province) (Archives: St. Michaels, Arizona) administered Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

1989-2000s

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People (Archives: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania) administered Blessed Sacrament

1980s-present

Permanent deacons (Navajo) have served Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

1990s-present

Franciscans administered Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1915-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes  

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament 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.

new2006/rev2020