GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Arizona: AZ-5

Our Lady of Fatima Church
Navajo Route 7
P.O. Box 2119
Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone: 928-674-5202

 

St. Isabel Church
105 St. Isabel Lane
P.O. Box 128
Lukachukai, AZ 86507-0128

Phone: 928-787-2322

 

Hours (Our Lady of Fatima): See website (About Us)

 

History: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Chinle, Arizona, has been a predominantly Native American (Navajo) parish near Canyon de Chelly National Monument in the Navajo Nation and in the Diocese of Gallup, Arizona-New Mexico.

1902-1904

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) (Archives: Cincinnati, Ohio/ archives bulk: St. Michaels, Arizona, and Tucson, Arizona) at St. Michael Mission, St. Michael, visited Chinle (Navajo)

1904-1959

Franciscans established and administered Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Navajo), Chinle

1960-1985

Franciscans built and administered a new church dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima

1985-present

Franciscans (Our Lady of Guadalupe Province) (Archives: St. Michaels, Arizona) have administered Our Lady of Fatima

1980s-present

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (Archives: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania) (Navajo) have served the parish (e.g. director of religious education)

Franciscans at Our lady of Fatima attended the following Native American (Navajo) missions in the Navajo Nation, Arizona:  

1905-present

St. Anthony Mission, Many Farms

1910-1916 (became a parish)

St. Isabel Mission, Lukachukai

1981-present

St. Mary of the Rosary Mission, Pinon

2007-present

St. Isabel Church, Lukachukai

2007-present

Our Lady of Guadalupe/ Our Lady of the Rock Mission, Round Rock

 History: St. Isabel Church, Lukachukai, has been a predominantly Native American (Navajo) parish in the Navajo Nation and in the Diocese of Gallup, Arizona-New Mexico.

1910-1916

Franciscans (St. John the Baptist Province) at Annunciation, Chinle, established and attended to St. Isabel Church (Navajo), Lukachukai

1916-1985

Franciscans administered St. Isabel’s

1985-2007

Franciscans (Our Lady of Guadalupe Province) administered St. Isabel’s

2007-present

Franciscans at Our Lady, Chinle, have attended to St. Isabel’s

Franciscans at St. Isabel’s attended to the following missions and stations in the Navajo Nation, Arizona:

1940-2007 (closed)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Round Rock

1940-2007 (closed)

St. Ann Mission, Tsaile

1940-2007 (closed)

Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Wheatfields

1940-ca. 1970 (transferred to St. Anne’s, Klagetoh)

Greasewood station

1940-ca. 1980

Wind Lake station

1940-ca. 1980

Crane’s Neck station

1940-1990

Black Rock station

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1880-ongoing

Volume: Over 1 cubic foot  

Description: The records at Our Lady of Fatima Church were not arranged according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 2006. Consequently, this description is by record type.

 

/1 Sacramental Records

Inclusive dates: 1905-ongoing

Volume: Over 7 volumes

Description: Baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages, and burials for the parishioners of:

A. Our Lady of Fatima Church and its attended missions, 1905-ongoing; over 7 volumes

B. St. Isabel Church and its attended missions, 1916-ongoing; several volumes

 

/2 Other Records

Inclusive dates: 1880-1960

Volume: More than a few folders

Description: Includes clippings, financial records, and scrapbooks.

 

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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