GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Texas: TX-49

San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: 210-227-1297
Email: See website

 

History: The Cathedral of San Fernando has had many parishioners of Native American descent (e.g. Mestizos, Coahuiltecan, Apache).

1731-1902 (San Antonio, 1874-1902)

Diocesan priests (Michoacan, Mexico, 1731-1777, Linares o Nueva León, Mexico, 1777-1839; Galveston/ Texas, 1839-1874) established and administered San Fernando Church in what was first San Antonio Presidio   

1875-1930

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (New Orleans Province, New Orleans, Louisiana) established and staffed a girls’ school at San Fernando

1874

The bishop of San Antonio designated San Fernando Church as the diocese’s cathedral

1888-1930

Marianists (Cincinnati Province, Cincinnati, Ohio) established and administered a boy’s school at San Fernando

1902-1978

Claretians (Western Province, Los Angeles, California) administered San Fernando

1930-present

Sisters of Divine Providence consolidated and have staffed the parish schools

1930-1967 (closed)

Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco (Turin, Italy) staffed San Fernando School

1978-present

San Antonio archdiocesan priests have administered San Fernando

Various priests from San Fernando attended the following Indian missions in San Antonio:

1793-1830s (closed)

San Antonio de Valero (El Alamo) Mission

1911-1922 (became a parish)

San José y San Miguel

1911-ca. 1920 (became a parish)

San Juan Capistrano

1915-ca. 1920 (became a parish)

San Francisco de la Espada

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1731-ongoing

Volume: Many entries among multiple volumes 

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for parishioners of Native American descent at San Fernando Cathedral and its attended missions of San Antonio de Valero, San Juan Capistrano, and San Francisco de la Espada.

 

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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