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)

 

History: St. William Church, Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1896-1902

Benedictines (Archives: Shawnee, Oklahoma) at Our Lady of Good Council, Leigh, attended to Durant station (Choctaw), Bryan County

1902-1912

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

1912-1934

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

1934-1942

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at St. David’s, Tishomingo, attended to St. William Mission

1942-1945

Benedictines at St. Gregory’s, Shawnee, attended to St. William’s

1945-1972

Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered St. William’s

1972-present

Tulsa diocesan priests have administered St. William’s

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at St. William’s/ Catherine's attended to these Native American (Choctaw, Chickasaw) missions and stations in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, Oklahoma:

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

St. William Mission (Choctaw), Boswell, Choctaw County

1912-1928 (became a mission)

Caddo station (Choctaw), Bryan County

1928-1934 (closed)

Sacred Heart Mission (Choctaw), Caddo, Bryan County

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

St. David Mission (Chickasaw), Tishomingo, Johnston County

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1912-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: Sacramental records for Native American 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.

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