GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-21

Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit. St. John the Baptist Church and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Friary
5447 West Pecos Road
Laveen, AZ 85339

Phone: 602-370-3110
Email: info@becomefire.faith

 

St. Francis of Assisi Mission
3090 North Longmore Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Phone: 602-354-2013

 

History: Founded 2015, the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit, accepted as its principal mission, the Native American Ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix (Archives: Phoenix, Arizona). In so doing, the Friars have administered St. John the Baptist Church, Laveen, Gila River Reservation (Maricopa, Pima), Arizona, and have attended to the following Native American missions in the Phoenix Diocese.

2015-present

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

2015-present

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

2015-present

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

2015-present

St. Catherine Mission (Maricopa, Pima), Santa Cruz, Gila River Reservation 

2015-present

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

2015-present

San Lucy Mission (Tohono O’odham), Gila Bend/ San Lucy Village, near Gila Bend Reservation

Elsewhere in the Phoenix Diocese, the Friars have supported Native ministry as needed.

St. John the Baptist Church and School, Laveen, Arizona:

1897-1915

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) (Archives: Cincinnati, Ohio; archives bulk: St. Michaels, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona) at Immaculate Conception, Phoenix, established and administered St. John the Baptist Church (Pima), Laveen/ Komatke, Gila River Reservation

1898-1915

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) established and administered St. John the Baptist School (Apache, Maricopa, Pima, Tohono O’odham), Gila River Reservation  

1901-1930

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Los Angeles Province) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) staffed the school

1915-1990 (closed)

Franciscans (Santa Barbara Province) (Archives: Santa Barbara, California) administered the school

1915-1992

Franciscans (Santa Barbara Province) administered the parish

1931-1936

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (Archives: Orange, California) staffed the school

1938-1990

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

1980-1990

Christian Brothers (San Francisco Province) (Archives: Napa, California) also staffed the school

1990-2015

Phoenix diocesan deacons administered the parish

2015-present

Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit have administered St. John’s Church

Franciscans at St. John’s had attended the following Native American missions in Arizona:

ca. 1900-1930 (transferred to St. Francis Xavier, Phoenix)

St. Francis of Assisi Mission (Pima), Scottsdale/ Salt River, Salt River Reservation

1910-1949 (transferred to St. Peter’s, Sacaton)

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

1910-1949 (transferred to St. Peter’s, Sacaton)

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

1910-1949 (transferred to St. Peter’s, Sacaton)

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

1910-1949 (transferred to St. Peter’s, Sacaton)

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

1910-1949 (transferred to St. Peter’s, Sacaton)

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

1913-1949 (transferred to St. Peter’s, Sacaton), 1998-present 

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

1915 (transferred to Immaculate Conception, Ajo)

Ss. Simon and Jude Mission (Tohono O’odham), Gila Bend, near Gila Bend Reservation 

 

St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Scottsdale, Salt River Reservation, Arizona:

ca. 1900-1915

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) at St. John’s, Laveen, established and attended St. Francis of Assisi Mission (Pima), Scottsdale/ Salt River, Salt River Reservation

1915-1930 (transferred to St. Francis Xavier, Phoenix)

Franciscans (Santa Barbara Province) at St. John’s, Laveen, attended to St. Francis

1930-1946 (transferred to Queen of Peace, Mesa)

Jesuits at St. Francis Xavier, Phoenix attended to St. Francis

1946-1972

Phoenix diocesan priests at Queen of Peace, Mesa, attended to St. Francis

1972-1979

Phoenix diocesan priests at St. Margaret’s, Tempe, attended to St. Francis

1980-1982

Jesuits (California Province) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) administered St. Francis

1980

Salvatorians (U.S.A. Province) (Archives: Milwaukee, Wisconsin) assisted from St. Margaret, Tempe

1981

Marianists (United States Province) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) assisted from St. Margaret, Tempe

1982-2015

Phoenix diocesan priests at St. Margaret, Tempe, attended/ assisted St. Francis

1980s-present

Phoenix diocesan deacons have served the parish

2015-present

Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit at St. John’s, Laveen, attended to St. Francis

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1901-ongoing

Volume: At least 2 cubic feet

Description: 2 series. Records reviewed by a Marquette University archivist at the then Diocese of Phoenix Native American Ministry Office in Bapchule.

 

/1 Sacramental records 

Inclusive dates: 1901-ongoing

Volume: At least 22 volumes

Description: 

A. Sacaton/ Bapchule: St. Peter Mission and its attended Indian missions: Baptisms, 1938-ongoing, 3 volumes; first communions, 1944-ongoing, 1 volume; confirmations, 1945-ongoing, 1 volume; marriages, 1940-ongoing, 1 volume; and burials, 1944-ongoing, 1 volume

B. Laveen, St. John Church and its attended Indian missions: Baptisms, 1901-ongoing, 6 volumes, in Latin to 1912; first communions, 1994-ongoing, 1 volume; confirmations, 1902-ongoing, 2 volumes; marriages, 1902-ongoing, 3 volumes; and burials, 1912-ongoing, 2 volumes

C. San Lucy: St. Lucy Mission, dates and volume unknown

D. Salt River Reservation: St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Scottsdale/Salt River, and St. Paschal Mission, Lehi, 1978-ongoing, 1 volume; baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages, and burials

 

/2 History File

Inclusive dates: 1973-1978, undated

Volume: 1 folder

Description: Clippings, newsletter, and notes, re: St. John Church and School, Laveen, and St. Peter Mission and School, Bapchule. 

 

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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