GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Oklahoma: OK-13

Sacred Heart Church
333 South Eighth Street
Fairfax, OK 74637

Phone:918-642-5053
Email: See Tulsa diocesan website (parish finder)

 

History: Sacred Heart Church, Fairfax, Osage Nation, Oklahoma, has been a predominantly Native American (Osage) parish in the Osage Nation and in the Diocese of Tulsa (Archives: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma). Also, Sacred Heart has held the records of the former St. John Mission and School, Gray Horse, which was another predominantly Native American (Osage) parish in the Osage Nation.

1904-1906

Benedictines (Archives: Shawnee, Oklahoma) at Immaculate Conception, Pawhuska, attended to Fairfax station (Osage)

1906-1913

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at St. John’s, Gray Horse, attended to Fairfax station

1913-1915

Benedictines at St. John’s, Pawnee, established and attended to Sacred Heart Mission

1915-1925

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at St. Francis, Stillwater, attended to Sacred Heart

1925-1972

Became a parish; Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered Sacred Heart Church

1972-2010s

Tulsa diocesan priests administered Sacred Heart

2010s-present

Tulsa diocesan priests at St. Joseph’s, Cleveland, have attended to Sacred Heart

1927-1950, 1955-1962 (closed)

Carmelites of St. Therese (Archives: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) established and staffed Sacred Heart School

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at Sacred Heart attended to the following Native American (Osage) missions and stations in the Osage Nation:

1925-1926

Burbank station

1925-1928 (became a mission)

Foraker station

 

1925-1997 (closed)

St. Ann Mission, Shidler

1928-1941 (closed)

Immaculate Conception Mission, Foraker  

St. John Mission and School, Gray Horse:

1887-1889

Benedictines (Archives: Shawnee, Oklahoma) at Immaculate Conception, Pawhuska, attended to Hominy Creek station (Osage)

1888-1907

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia (Archives: Aston, Pennsylvania) established and staffed St. John School

1889-1895

Benedictines established and administered St. John Mission

1895-1913 (closed)

Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered St. John’s

1907-1913 (closed)

Christian Brothers (Archives: Burr Ridge, Illinois) administered St. John’s school

Benedictines and Oklahoma City diocesan priests at St. John's attended to the following missions and stations among the Osage, Kansa, and Pawnee Indians in Oklahoma:

1893-1895 (transferred to St. Felix's, Ponca City)

Kaw Reservation station (Kansa), Kay County

1894-1895 (transferred to Immaculate Conception, Pawhuska)

Hominy station (Osage), Osage Nation

ca. 1894-1900 (transferred to St. Francis, Stillwater)

Pawnee City station (Pawnee), Pawnee County

1895-1901 (transferred to St. Francis, Stillwater)

Cleveland station (Pawnee), Pawnee County

1895-1904 (closed)

Osage City station (Osage), Osage Nation

1897-1913 (closed)

Gray Horse station (Osage), Osage Nation

1904-1913 (became a parish)

St. John the Evangelist Mission (Pawnee), Pawnee, Pawnee County

1906-1913 (transferred to St. John's, Pawnee)

Fairfax station (Osage), Osage Nation

1907-1913 (transferred to St. John's, Pawnee)

Burbank station (Osage), Osage Nation

 

1908-ca. 1913 (closed)

Dogy Camp station (Osage), [Osage Nation?]

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1887-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Sacred Heart Church, St. John Mission, and their attended missions and stations among the Osage, Kaw, and Pawnee Indians; baptisms and marriages, 1887-ongoing, deaths, 1925-ongoing, first communions, 1926-ongoing, and confirmations, 1927-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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