GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-33

St. Michael Mission. Franciscans. Our Lady of Guadalupe Province. Archives
24 Mission Road
P.O. Box 680
St. Michaels, Arizona 86511-0680

Phone: 928-871-4171

 

History: St. Michael Mission has been a Franciscan mission within the Navajo Nation and the Diocese of Gallup (Archives: Gallup, New Mexico). The Franciscans established Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, 1985, from the territory of the St. John the Baptist Province (Cincinnati, Ohio) that coincided with that of the Navajo and Pueblo missions in both the Diocese of Gallup and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Our Lady of Guadalupe Province has administered the following Native American missions, parishes, and schools in Arizona and New Mexico.

 

For a history of the Native American missions, parishes, and schools administered by the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province -- see -- that guide entry under Cincinnati, Ohio.

1985-present

All Saints Church (Navajo), Ganado, Navajo Nation, Arizona   

1985-1987 (transferred to Gallup Diocese)

Christ the King Church (Navajo), Shiprock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-2010s (closed)

Crystal Mission (Navajo), Crystal, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-1990 (transferred to Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People)

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church (Navajo), Navajo Nation, Fort Defiance, Arizona

1985-1991 (transferred to Gallup Diocese)

St. Joseph Church (Hopi), Keams Canyon, Hopi Reservation, Arizona

1985-1994 (transferred to Brothers of the Sacred Heart)

St. Anne Mission (Navajo), Klagetoh, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-1995 (transferred to Vincentians)

St. Jude Church (Navajo, Hopi), Tuba City, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-1997 (transferred to Vincentians)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Navajo), Kayenta, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-1998 (transferred to Vincentians)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Navajo), Kayenta, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-2001 (closed)

Sheep Springs Mission (Navajo), Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-2007 (closed)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Navajo), Round Rock, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-2007 (closed)

Our Lady of the Lake Mission (Navajo), Wheatfields, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-2010s (closed)

Chuska Mission (Navajo), Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-2010s (closed)

Coyote Canyon Mission (Navajo), Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-2010s (closed)

Mexican Springs Mission (Navajo), Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-2010s (closed)

Our Lady of the Rosary Mission (Navajo), Greasewood, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-2010s (transferred to Gallup Diocese)

St. John the Evangelist/ Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission (Navajo), Houck, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-2010s (transferred to Gallup Diocese)

San Diego Mission (Tewa), Tesuque Pueblo, Tesuque Reservation, New Mexico 

1985-2010s (transferred to Gallup Diocese)

San Ildefonso Church (Tewa), San Ildefonso Pueblo, San Ildefonso Reservation, New Mexico

1985-2010s (closed)

San Isidro Mission (Jemez), San Isidro, Jemez Reservation, New Mexico 

1985-2010s (transferred to Gallup Diocese)

Santa Clara Church (Tewa), Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Clara Reservation, New Mexico 

1985-2010s (closed)

Sawmill Mission (Navajo), Sawmill, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-2010s (closed)

Twin Lakes Mission (Navajo), New Mexico

1985-present

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mission (Laguna [Keresan]), Encinal, Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church (e.g. Cochiti [Keresan], Mestizos, Santo Domingo [Keresan]), Peña Blanca, New Mexico

1985-present

Our Lady of Fatima Mission (Navajo), Chinle, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-present

Our Lady of the Rosary Church (Navajo), Pinon, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-present

Sacred Heart Mission (Laguna [Keresan]), Mesita, Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

San Bonaventura Mission (Cochiti [Keresan]), Cochiti Pueblo, Chochiti Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

Santa Maria de Acoma Mission (Acoma [Keresan]), McCarty, Acoma Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Anne Mission (Acoma [Keresan]), Acomita, Acoma Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Anne Mission (Laguna [Keresan]), Seama, Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Anthony Mission (Navajo), Many Farms, Navajo Nation, Arizona

1985-present

St. Anthony Church (Navajo), Naschitti, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Anthony Church and School (Zuni), Zuni Pueblo, Zuni Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Berard Church (Navajo), Navajo, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Elizabeth Mission (Laguna [Keresan]), Paguate, Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Francis of Assisi Church (e.g. Navajo) Gallup, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Joseph Church (Laguna [Keresan]), Laguna Pueblo, Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Mary Margaret Mission (Laguna [Keresan]), Paraje, Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Mary Church (Navajo), Tohatchi, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

1985-present

St. Michael Mission and School (Navajo), St. Michaels, Arizona

1985-present

San Diego Mission (Jemez), Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Reservation, New Mexico

1999-present

St. Augustine Church (Tiwa), Isleta Pueblo, Isleta Reservation, New Mexico

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1898-ongoing

Volume: At least 450 cubic feet 

Description: When reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 2006, the archival records at St. Michael Mission were kept at two locations and were largely unprocessed and only partially arranged according to a classification scheme. Consequently, this description is by record type. 

 

Census Office:

/1 Navajo Census Records 

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1905-ongoing 

Volume: Ca. 30 cubic feet

Description: Census of Navajo Indians by Franciscans; includes the Navajo Nation and vicinity plus Gallup, New Mexico.

 

Province Archives:

/2 Central Province Records

Inclusive dates: 1898-ongoing

Volume: Ca. 70 cubic feet 

Description: Correspondence, reports, mission publications, e.g. The Padres Trail, 1938-1995, and ethnographic materials in 36 file drawers; includes records of St. John the Baptist Province to 1985 and Our Lady of Guadalupe Province there after

A. History and Notes, undated

B. Provincial council meetings and notes, dates unknown

C. Scrapbooks, undated

 

/3 General Province Records

Inclusive dates: 1898-ongoing

Volume: At least 350 cubic feet

Description: Description: Within the Archives, records were accessible via an in-house electronic index, which identified persons from the following groups as notable authors:

A. Bishops of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe

1. Archbishop Peter Bourgade (1845-1908), ca. 1899-1908

2. Archbishop John Baptist Pitaval (1858-1928), ca. 1894-1918

3. Archbishop Anthony Thomas Daeger, O.F.M. (1872-1932), ca. 1919-1932

4. Archbishop Rudolph Aloysius Gerken (1887-1943), ca. 1932-1943

B. Bishops of the Diocese of Gallup

1. Bishop Bernard Theodore Espelage (1892-1971), O.F.M. [Franciscans], 1939-1969

2. Bishop Jerome Joseph Hastrich (1914-1995), 1969-1990

3. Bishop Donald Edmond Pelotte (Abenaki) (1945-2010), S.S.S. [Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament], 1986-2009; Coadjutor Bishop of Gallup, 1986-1990; Bishop of Gallup, 1990-2009

4. Bishop James Sean Wall (1964-), 2009-ongoing

C. Directors of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

1. Rev. Joseph A. Stephan (1822-1901), 1898-1901

2. Monsignor William H. Ketcham (1868-1921), 1901-1921

3. Monsignor William M. Hughes (1880-1939), 1921-1935

4. Rev. John B. Tennelly (1890-1981), S.S. [Sulpicians], 1935-1976

5. Monsignor Paul A. Lenz (1925-2017), 1976-2006

6. Rev. Wayne C. Paysse (1960-), 2006-2015

7. Rev. M. Henry Sands (Ojibwa, Ottawa, Potawatomi) (1965-), 2015-ongoing

D. Secretaries of the Commission for Catholic Missions among the Colored People and the Indians

1. Rev. John B. Tennelly (1890-1981), S.S. [Sulpicians], 1935-1976

2. Rev. John B. Tennelly (1890-1981), S.S. [Sulpicians], 1935-1976

3. Monsignor Paul A. Lenz (1925-2017), 1976-2006

4. Rev. Wayne C. Paysse (1960-), 2006-2015

5. Rev. M. Henry Sands (Ojibwa, Ottawa, Potawatomi) (1965-), 2015-ongoing

E. Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955), S.B.S. [Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People], 1898-1955

F. Directors of the Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions

1. Unknown, 1904-1917

2. Monsignor William Quinn, 1917-1925

3. Rev. William J. Flynn, 1925-1936

4. Rev. Bernard A. Cullen, 1936-1958

5. Rev. Lawrence J. Cahill, 1958

G. Franciscan Provincials of St. John the Baptist Province

H. Franciscan provincials of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province

I. Navajo-English translators

1. A.G. “Chic” Sandoval (Navajo)

2. Lorenzo Yazzie (Navajo)

3. Mrs. Helen Yazzie (Navajo)

 

For more information on the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and its magazine, The Indian Sentinel -- see -- Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records and Marquette Digitized Collections. Marquette University. Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For more information on the Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions and its magazine, The Calumet -- see -- Marquette League for Catholic Indian Mission 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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