Volume 3: Western United States
Texas: TX-19

Catholic Church. Diocese of El Paso. Chancery
499 St. Matthews Street
El Paso, TX 79907

Phone: 915-872-8407


Hours: See website  

Access: See website  

Copying facilities: Yes 


History: The Diocese of El Paso was erected, 1914, from territory in the dioceses of Tucson, Dallas, and San Antonio. El Paso and its predecessors have administered the following missions, parishes, and schools that have served Native Americans in Texas and New Mexico: 

1682-present (El Paso, 1914-present)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel/ Corpus Christi/ San Antonio de la Ysleta Church (Tiwa), El Paso/ Ysleta del Sur, Ysleta del Sur Reservation, Texas

1683-ca. 1850s (no longer Native) (El Paso, 1914-present)

La Purísima/ Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción del Socorro Church (Tiwa, Jemez, Mestizos), Socorro/ Socorro del Sur, Texas 

1683-1687, 1715-1717, 1730-1810 (closed) (El Paso, 1914) 

La Navidad en las Cruces Mission (Jumano), Presidio, Texas

1684-unknown (El Paso, 1914)

Santa María de la Redonda de los Cibolos Mission (Jumano), Shafter, Texas

ca. 1789-1850s (no longer Native) (El Paso, 1914-present)

San Elizario Mission (Tiwa, Mestizos), San Elizario, Texas

1914-present (El Paso, 1914-1982)

St. Joseph Mission and School (Apache), Mescalero, Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico


Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (Tiwa), El Paso/ Ysleta, Ysleta del Sur Reservation, Texas

1921-present (El Paso, 1921-1982)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Tortugas), Mesilla Park, New Mexico

1930-present (El Paso, 1930-1982)

St. Patrick Mission (Apache), Three Rivers, New Mexico


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1949, 1970-ongoing

Volume: At least .15 cubic foot 

Description: The records in the Diocese of El Paso Archives are not arranged according to a classification scheme. Consequently, description is by record type.


/1 Native American Files

Inclusive dates: 1970-1990    

Volume: At least .15 cubic foot 

Description: Records (e.g. correspondence, clippings, ethnographies, histories), re: federal acknowledgement of the Tiwa [Tigua] Indians of El Paso, Texas, 1970-1990, and the New Testament in Tarahumara, 1985.   


/2 Parish files

Inclusive dates: 1970s-ongoing

Volume: At least 3 folders

Description: Arranged alphabetically by community and there under by parish with El Paso parishes preceding the others; files contain reports on population, sacramental, and financial statistics; ethnicity for St. Joseph and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes.   

A. Mescalero, New Mexico, St. Joseph Mission, 1970s-ongoing

B. Mesilla Park, New Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1970s-ongoing

C. Ysleta del Sur [now El Paso], Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1970s-ongoing; reports provide population, sacramental, and financial statistics; ethnicity is also noted for St. Joseph and Our Lady of Mount Carmel



Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.