GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 3: Western United States
Texas: TX-58

La Purisima Church
328 South Nevarez Street
Socorro, TX 79927

Phone: 915-859-7718
Email: lapurisima@earthlink.net

 

History: La Purísima Church, Socorro, has had many parishioners of Native American descent (e.g. Tiwa, Mestizos).

1680

Piro, Tano, Tiwa, and Jemez Indian refugees from fled the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico. In Texas, they founded Ysleta, Socorro (named after Socorro, New Mexico), and San Elizario

1682-1683

Franciscans (formerly Santa Cruz de Queretaro; then College of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas, Mexico) established and administered Misión de Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción de los Piros de Socorro near Fabens, Texas

1683-1882

Franciscans relocated the mission to Socorro and continued its administration

1766

Flooding of the Rio Grande shifted its course and placed Ysleta, Socorro, and San Elizario on the present-day U.S. side of the river

By 1766

The mission became known as La Purísima Concepción del Socorro

1829, 1840

Floods twice destroyed La Purísima, which was twice rebuilt

1882-1979

Jesuits (first the Naples Province, Naples, Italy; then the New Orleans Province, New Orleans, Louisiana) administered La Purísima

1979-present

El Paso diocesan priests have administered La Purísima

Franciscans from La Purísima attended the following missions serving Native American and people of Native descent:

1852-1874

Corpus Christi de la Ysleta Mission (Tiwa), Ysleta

1852-1850s

San Elizario Mission (Tiwa, Mestizos), San Elizario

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1832-ongoing 

Volume: Many records among several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for parishioners of Native American descent at La Purísima, Corpus Christi, and San Elizario missions.

 

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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