GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Oklahoma: OK-17

Sacred Heart Church
47943 Abbey Road
Konawa, OK 74849

Phone: 580-925-2145
Email: See Oklahoma City archdiocesan website (parish finder)

 

History: Sacred Heart Church, Konawa, Seminole County, Oklahoma, has been a predominantly a non-Native American parish in the Arch/Diocese of Oklahoma City (Archives: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).

1877-1940s (no longer Native)

Benedictines (Archives: Shawnee, Oklahoma) established and administered Sacred Heart Church/Mission (Potawatomi), Konawa/ Sacred Heart, Seminole County

1877-1880 (closed)

Benedictines established Sacred Heart Day School (Potawatomi)

1880-1926 (no longer Native)

Benedictines established St. Benedict Industrial School (e.g. Potawatomi, Cherokee, Choctaw)

After 1880-1915

St. Benedict Industrial School included high school and college levels

1880-1884

Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Archives: New Orleans, Louisiana) established St. Mary Academy (e.g. Potawatomi, Cherokee, Choctaw), a boarding school for Native American girls  

1884-1946 (closed)

Sisters of Mercy (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) (Archives: Belmont, North Carolina) staffed St. Mary Academy

1901

Fire destroyed the church and schools, which were rebuilt and reopened later that same year

Benedictines at Sacred Heart have attended the following missions and stations among Native Americans in Oklahoma:      

1877-1887 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Krebs

Eufala station (Creek), McIntosh County, Cherokee and Muskogee (Creek) Nations

1877-1887 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Krebs

Fort Gibson station (Cherokee), Cherokee County, Cherokee Nation

1877-1887 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Krebs

Muskogee station (Creek), Muskogee County, Cherokee and Muskogee (Creek) Nations

1877-1887 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Krebs)

South Canadian River station (Creek, Choctaw), Canadian County

1877-1887 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Krebs)

Tahlequah station (Cherokee), Cherokee County, Cherokee Nation

1877-1887 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Krebs)

Vinita station (Cherokee), Craig County, Cherokee Nation

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Fort Sill station (Apache, Comanche), Comanche County

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Cantonment station (Arapaho), Blaine County

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Caddo station (Caddo), Bryan County

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Fort Reno station (Cheyenne), Canadian County

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Darlington station (Cheyenne), Canadian County

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Paul's Valley station (Choctaw, Chickasaw), Gavin County, Chickasaw Nation

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Wynnewood station (Choctaw, Chickasaw), Gavin County, Chickasaw Nation

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Washita station (Choctaw, Chickasaw), Washita County

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Erin Springs station (Choctaw, Chickasaw), Gavin County, Chickasaw Nation

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

White Bead Hills station (Choctaw, Chickasaw), Gavin County, Chickasaw Nation

1877-1888 (transferred to St. Elizabeth's, Purcell)

Anadarko station (Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Caddo, Wichita, Delaware), Caddo County

1877-1888 (closed)

Silver City station (Chickasaw), Creek County, Muskogee (Creek) Nation

1877-1889 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Oklahoma City)

Iowa Reservation station (Iowa), Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne Counties

1877-1889 (transferred to St. Joseph's, Oklahoma City)

Kickapoo Reservation station (Kickapoo), Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, and Lincoln Counties

1877-ca. 1890 (closed)

Seminole station (Seminole), Seminole County

1877-1896 (closed)

Oberlin station (Potawatomi), Pottawatomie County

1877-1896 (transferred to St. Benedict's, Shawnee)

Sac and Fox Reservation station (Sac and Fox), Lincoln, Payne, and Pottawatomie Counties

1877-1896 (transferred to St. Benedict's, Shawnee)

Shawnee Reservation station (Shawnee), Pottawatomie County

 

1891-1893 (became a mission)

Tecumseh station (Shawnee), Pottawatomie County

1893-1898 (transferred to St. Benedict's, Shawnee)

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Mission (Shawnee), Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County

1896-1897 (became a mission)

Wanette station (Potawatomi), Pottawatomie County

1896-1908 (transferred to Our Lady of Grace, Wanette)

St. Gregory's Mission (Potawatomi), Eason, Pottawatomie County

1897-1908 (became a parish)

Our Lady of Grace Mission (Potawatomi), Wanette, Pottawatomie County

1906-1911 (transferred to St. Benedict's, Shawnee)

Wewoka station (Seminole), Seminole County

1954-present

St. Mary's/ Our Lady of Grace Mission (Potawatomi), Wanette, Pottawatomie County

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1875-ongoing

Volume: Several entries within several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for the Native American parishioners of Sacred Heart Church and its attended missions and stations.

 

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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