GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Oklahoma: OK-44

Holy Ghost Church
120 West Sequoyah Avenue
Vinita, OK 74301

Phone: 918-256-2281
Email: holyghostvinita@gmail.com

 

History: Holy Ghost Church, Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Cherokee Nation and in the Diocese of Tulsa (Archives: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma).

1877-1887

Benedictines (Archives: Shawnee, Oklahoma) at Sacred Heart, Konawa/ Sacred Heart, attended to Vinita station (Cherokee)

1887-1888

Benedictines at St. Joseph’s, Krebs, attended to Vinita station

1888-1892

Benedictines at St. John’s, McAlester, attended to Vinita station

1892-1895

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at Assumption, Muskogee, attended to Vinita station

1895-1925

Became a parish; Oklahoma City diocesan priests administered Holy Ghost Church, Vinita

1898-1899

Benedictine Sisters (Archives: Fort Smith, Arkansas) established and staffed Sacred Heart Institute (Cherokee), Vinita

1899-1903

Sisters of Mount Carmel (Archives: Lacombe, Louisiana) staffed the Institute

1903-1920s (No longer Native)

Sisters of Divine Providence (Archives: San Antonio, Texas) staffed the Institute

1925-1920s (no longer Native)

Society of the Precious Blood (unknown) administered Holy Ghost

Oklahoma City diocesan priests at Holy Ghost attended to the following Native American missions and stations in Oklahoma:

1895-1902 (transferred to St. Mary's, Quapaw)

St. Mathias Mission (Cayuga), Cayuga Springs, Delaware County

1895-1904 (closed)

Grove station (Cherokee), Delaware County

1895-1909 (closed)

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

1895-1910 (closed)

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

1895-1915 (closed)

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

1895-1925 (closed)

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

1896-1909 (closed)

Echo Schoolhouse station (Cherokee) [unknown]

1896-1909 (closed)

Opeechee station (Cherokee) [unknown]

1896-1909 (closed)

Ruby station (Cherokee) [unknown]

1898-1925 (closed)

Afton station (Cherokee), Ottawa County

1899-1909 (became a mission)

Welch station (Cherokee), Craig County, Cherokee Nation

1909-1927 (transferred to Sacred Heart, Miami) (no longer Native)

St. Anne Mission (Cherokee), Welch, Craig County, Cherokee Nation

1901-1915 (closed)

Centralia station (Cherokee), Craig County, Cherokee Nation  

1915-1925 (closed)

St. Mathias Mission (Cayuga), Cayuga Springs, Delaware County

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1867, 1869, 1892-1920s 

Volume: 2 volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for the Native American parishioners of Holy Ghost Church, Sacred Heart Institute, and their attended missions and stations: baptisms, 1867, 1869, 1892-ca. 1920s, marriages, 1895-ca. 1920s, deaths, 1910-ca. 1920s, first communions, 1909-ca. 1920s, and confirmations, 1895-1903. 

 

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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