GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Oklahoma: OK-10

St. William Church
802 University Boulevard
Durant, OK 74701

Phone: 405-924-1989
Email: See website (parish finder)
https://dioceseoftulsa.org/parishfinder

 

History: St. William Church, Durant, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish administered by diocesan priests (Oklahoma City, 1902-1972; Tulsa, 1972-present).

1896-1902

Benedictines (now St. Benedict’s Abbey, Shawnee, Oklahoma) attended Durant station (Choctaw) from Our Lady of Good Counsel, Leigh

1902-1912

Oklahoma City diocesan priests established and attended St. Catherine Mission (Choctaw) from Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Ardmore

1912-1934

Became a parish; Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered St. William/ St. Catherine Mission

1934-1942

Oklahoma City diocesan priests attended St. William’s from St. David’s, Tishomingo

1942-1945

Benedictines attended St. William’s from St. Gregory's, Shawnee

1945-1972

Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered St. William’s

1972-present

Tulsa diocesan priests have administered St. William’s

Oklahoma City diocesan priests from St. William’s/ Catherine's attended the following missions and stations among the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians:

1912-1915 (transferred to St. Henry's, Bentley)

St. William Mission (Choctaw), Boswell

1912-1928

Caddo station (Choctaw)

1928-1934 (closed)

Sacred Heart Mission (Choctaw), Caddo

1925-1930 (became a parish) (no longer Native)

St. David Mission (Chickasaw), Tishomingo

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1912-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: Sacramental records for Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian parishioners of St. William Church and its attended missions and stations; baptisms and deaths, 1912-ongoing, marriages, 1913-ongoing, and first communions and confirmations, 1914-ongoing.

 

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.

New1984/rev2003-2018

Archival materials from the Raynor Memorial Libraries


Marquette Archives