GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-2

St. Peter Mission School
1500 North St. Peter Road
Bapchule, AZ 85121

Phone: 520-315-3835
Email: See website (Contact)

 

Hours: See website (Contact)

 

History of St. Peter Mission School, Bapchule, Pinal County, Arizona, has been a predominantly Native American (Pima) mission and school on the Gila River Reservation and in the Diocese of Phoenix (Archives: Phoenix, Arizona).

1873-1890s

Tucson diocesan priests at Assumption Church, Florence, visited the Gila River Reservation (Pima)

1900-1915

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) (Archives: Cincinnati, Ohio; archives bulk: St. Michaels, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona) established and administered St. Peter Mission (Pima), Sacaton/ Bapchule

1915-1992

Franciscans (Santa Barbara Province) (Archives: Santa Barbara, California) administered St. Peter Mission

1923-1933

Lay teachers (Pima) established and staffed St. Peter Mission School (Pima)

1933-1935 (transferred to Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (Archives: Orange, California) staffed St. Peter’s

1935-present

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (Archives: Manitowoc, Wisconsin) have staffed the school 

Ca. 1992-2015

Permanent deacons (Pima) administered St. Peter Mission

2015-present

Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit (Archives: Laveen, Arizona) have administered St. Peter’s Mission

Various priests and deacons at St. Peter’s attended the following Native American missions in the Phoenix Diocese:

1938-1998 (transferred to St. John’s, Laveen)

St. Francis Mission (Maricopa), Ak-chin, Ak-chin Reservation  

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

Holy Family Mission (Pima), Blackwater, Gila River Reservation 

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

Our Lady of Victory Mission (Pima), Sacaton Flats, Gila River Reservation

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

St. Anne Mission (Pima), Santan, Gila River Reservation

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

St. Anthony Mission (Pima), Sacaton, Gila River Reservation   

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

St. Michael Mission (Maricopa, Pima), Sacaton Flats, Gila River Reservation

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

St. Paschal Mission (Maricopa and Pima), Blackwater, Gila River Reservation

1949-2015 (transferred to Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit)

St. Peter Mission (Pima), Casa Blanca, Gila River Reservation

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1920s-ongoing

Volume: At least 6 cubic feet 

 

Description: The records at St. Peter School were not arranged according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 2006. Consequently, the description is by record type. 

 

/1 Student Records

Inclusive dates: 1920s-ongoing

Volume: At least 4 cubic feet

Description: School attendance records, class lists, and cumulative files with sacramental records (e.g. first communions) and transcripts. 

 

/2 Photography

Inclusive dates: 1920s-ongoing

Volume: At least 2 cubic feet 

Description: School activities with students and Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

 

For student attendance records -- see -- Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

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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