GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Idaho: ID-8

Sacred Heart Church
205 East Birch Avenue
Lapwai, ID 83540

Phone: 208-843-2562
Email: sacredheartlapwai@gmail.com

 

History: Sacred Heart Church, Lapwai, Idaho, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Diocese of Boise (Archives: Boise, Idaho).

1877-1969

Jesuits (Turin, California, Oregon Provinces) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) at St. Joseph’s, Culdesac, established and attended Sacred Heart/ Nez Perce Mission (Nez Perce) 

1970-1979

Became a parish; Jesuits administered Sacred Heart Church

1980-1989

Boise diocesan priests administered Sacred Heart

1990-2009

Boise diocesan priests have attended Sacred Heart from St. James, Lewiston 

2009-present

Boise diocesan priests have attended Sacred Heart from All Saints, Lewiston

History of St. Joseph Mission, School, and Children’s Home:

1874-1965 (closed)

Jesuits (Turin, California, Oregon Provinces) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) established and administered St. Joseph Mission (Nez Perce), Culdesac/ Slickpoo, Nez Perce Reservation

1902-1969 (closed)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Los Angeles Province)/ Sisters of St. Joseph (Lewiston, Idaho) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) established and staffed St. Joseph School

1903-1909

Jesuits from St. Joseph’s attended to students at the Fort Lapwai Government Indian School (Nez Perce), Lapwai

ca. 1945-unknown (closed)

Sisters of St. Joseph established and staffed St. Joseph Children’s Home

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1894-ongoing

Volume: More than .5 cubic foot 

Description: Sacramental records for Sacred Heart Church and St. Joseph Mission:

A. Sacred Heart Church, 1894-ongoing, 6 volumes; re: baptisms, first communions, confirmations, and burials

B. St. Joseph Mission, 1867-1893, ca. 1905, 1 volume; re: baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials, 1867-1893 with appended parish census, historical notes, biographical sketches of Rev. Joseph Cataldo, S.J., and his reminiscences of St. Joseph’s, ca. 1905

  

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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