GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-32

St. Peter Church and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church
619 North Main Avenue (physical address)
525 East Chestnut Street (mailing address)
Sisseton, SD 57262

Phone: 605-698-7206
Email: sissetoncath.office@gmail.com

 

History: St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church and St. Peter Church, Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota, have been two mixed Native (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) and non-Native American parishes on the Lake Traverse Reservation and in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (Archives: Sioux Falls, South Dakota). They share offices and staff.

 

History of St. Catherine Church and the Lake Traverse Reservation

1883-1886

Sioux Falls diocesan priests visited the Lake Traverse/ Sisseton Reservation (Sisseton-Wahpeton) from St. John’s, Wahpeton, North Dakota   

1886-ca. 1890

St. Paul (Minnesota) diocesan priests visited the reservation from St. Mary's, Beardsley, Minnesota 1894-1906 Diocesan priests established and attended St. Andrew Mission, Veblen, from Sisseton  

1895-1904

Ursulines (unknown) established and staffed St. Andrew School, Sisseton

1901

Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Sisseton, was built

1906-1913

Sioux Falls diocesan priests attended St. Matthew/ St. Andrew’s, Veblen, from St. John’s, Britton, South Dakota

1913-1915

Became a parish; Sioux Falls diocesan priests administered St. Matthew Church

1923-1965 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and attended St. Benedict Mission, Peevey Ranch

1935-1938 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and attended Our Lady of the Snows Mission  

1956-present

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and attended St. Joseph Mission, Pickeral Lake

1958-present

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered St. Catherine Mission, Sisseton

1962-present

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church

1979-1989

Sister Irene (Kathryn) De Marrais, S.D.S. [Sisters of the Divine Savior] (Sisseton and Wahpeton), established and administered the Johnson O’Malley Pre-School

2000s-present

Sioux Falls diocesan priests have administered St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church and have attended to St. Peter Church and the Tekakwitha Living Center

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1895-omgoing

Volume: At least .3 cubic foot

Description: The records at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1980. Consequently, the description is by record type.

 

/1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1895- ongoing

Volume: At least 3 volumes

Description: For St. Catherine Mission, St. Matthew/ St. Andrew Mission, St. Benedict Mission, Our Lady of the Snows Mission, and St. Joseph Mission; baptisms, 1895-ongoing; marriages, 1900- ongoing; deaths 1956- ongoing; first communions, 1944- ongoing

 

/2 Photographs

Inclusive dates: 1976-ongoing

Volume: At least 2 scrapbooks containing 175 prints

Description: Subjects include "summer camp" and various festivals and celebrations.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives.

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