GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-25

St. Eloi Church
1335 Bayou Dularge Road
P.O. Box 87
Theriot, LA 70397

Phone: 985-872-2946

 

History: St. Eloi Church, Theriot, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish with some Native American (e.g. Chitamacha, Choctaw, Houma) parishioners in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux (Archives: Thibodaux, Louisiana).

Before 1875

Chitamacha, Choctaw, and Houma Indians intermarried and settled in Terrebonne Parish, including Bayou du Large

1875-1890s

New Orleans archdiocesan priests at St. Francis de Sales, Houma, founded and attended St. Eloi [Eligius] Mission, Theriot/ Bayou du Large

1890s-1977 (transferred to Houma-Thibodaux Diocese)

Became a parish; New Orleans archdiocesan priests administered St. Eloi

1939-1980s (closed)

Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic (now Dominican Sisters of Peace, Columbus, Ohio) established a convent at St. Eloi, from which they served the parish

1950-1950s (closed)

Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic (now Dominican Sisters of Peace, Columbus, Ohio) and laity staffed a parish grade school

1977-present

Houma-Thibodaux diocesan priests have administered St. Eloi

1980s

Rev. Roch Naquin (Houma) administered St. Eloi

1990s-present

Permanent deacons served the parish

Diocesan priests from St. Eloi attended the following missions and stations among the Houma Indians:

By 1915-1952 (became a parish)

Holy Family Mission, Dulac/ Grand Caillou

By 1921-1950s (closed)

Blessed Sacrament Mission, Grand Caillou

1920s-1980s (closed)

Immaculate Conception Mission, Lower Bayou du Large

1930-1960s (closed)

Ashland station

1930-1952 (transferred to Holy Family, Dulac)

King Bayou station

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1890s-ongoing

Volume: Several records among several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of St. Eloi Church.

 

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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