Volume 3: Western United States
Colorado: CO-14

Sacred Heart Church
254 East Fifth Avenue
Durango, CO 81301

Phone: 970-799-4941


History: Sacred Heart Church has been a predominantly non-Native American parish administered by Theatines (Rome, Italy) who attended the following Ute Indian missions in Colorado:

1898-1976 (became a parish)

St. Ignatius Mission, Ignacio, Southern Ute Reservation

1911-ca. 1960 (transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pagosa Springs)

St. John Baptist Mission, Pagosa Junction, Southern Ute Reservation

1923-ca. 1960

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Pagosa Springs, near Southern Ute Reservation


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1881-ongoing  

Volume: Several entries within ca. 2.0 cubic feet (at least 24 volumes)

Description: Sacramental records for Sacred Heart Church and its attended Indian missions; all volumes are indexed:

A. Baptisms, 1881-1978, 11 volumes; in Latin to 1945

B. First communions, 1924-ongoing, 1 volume

C. Confirmations, 1920-ongoing, 1 volume

D. Marriages, 1881-1906, 1 volume; combined with baptisms

E. Burials, 1917-ongoing, 2 volumes; includes cause of death, e.g. Spanish Influenza, ca. 1918-1920


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.


Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette Archives