Volume 3: Western United States
California: CA-26

Catholic Church. Diocese of Fresno. Archives
1550 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703

Phone: 559-488-7499


History: The Diocese of Fresno was reerected from territory in the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno, 1967. It reported fewer than 1,000 baptized Native American Catholics, 1999. The Fresno Diocese and its predecessors have administered the following Native American missions and parishes: 

1893-1950 (closed) (Fresno, 1967)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission (Miwok), Tejon, Kern County

1912-present (Fresno, 1967-present)

Mater Dolorosa Mission (Yokuts), Terra Bella, Tulare County

1920-present (Fresno, 1967-present)

St. Peter Church (Yokuts), Lemoore, Kings County

1920-present (Fresno, 1967-present)

St. Edward Mission (Yokuts), Stratford/ Stratton, Kings County

1926-present (Fresno, 1967-present)

Santa Rosa Mission (Yokuts), Santa Rosa Rancheria, Kings County

1933-present (Fresno, 1967-present)

St. Rita Mission (Miwok), Squaw Valley, Fresno County


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1892-ongoing

Volume: Ca. .1 cubic foot (few reels of microfilm, in part)

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners arranged alphabetically by parish location and there under by name; the following non-Native American parishes have had at least a few Native parishioners and/or attended to Native American missions.

A. Bakersfield, St. Joseph Church, 1913-1950

B. Hanford, St. Bridget Church, 1896-1912

C. Lemoore, St. Peter Church, 1920-ongoing

D. Orange Cove, St. Isidore the Farmer Church, 1980-ongoing

E. Porterville, St. Anne Church, 1912-ongoing

F. Sanger, St. Mary Church, 1933-1980


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.