GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
Wisconsin: WI-27

Congregation of the Great Spirit
1050 West Lapham Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Phone: 414-672-6989
Email: siggenauk@wi.twcbc.com

 

History: Congregation of the Great Spirit, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been a predominantly Native American (e.g. Menominee, Ojibwa, Oneida, Winnebago [Ho Chunk]) parish in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Archives: Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

1980-1988 (closed)

The Siggenauk Center (Menominee, Ojibwa, and others), Milwaukee, was established under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee with Sister Margaret Troy, S.S.M. [Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother], as director; sacraments were celebrated and recorded at the following assisting parishes: Christ King Church, Wauwatosa, Holy Spirit Church, Milwaukee (now closed), St. Barbara Church, Milwaukee (now closed), St. Mathew Church, Milwaukee (now closed), and St. Michael Church, Milwaukee

1988-present

The Congregation of the Great Spirit (Menominee, Ojibwa, and others) succeeded the Siggenauk Center; Great Spirit was a parish administered by a diocesan priest

1988-2004

In collaboration with other area Native American religious groups, Great Spirit established and administered the Siggenauk Interfaith Spiritual Center as a social service outreach within the Milwaukee urban Indian community

2004-2017

Great Spirit reorganized and has since administered the Siggenauk Center as a parish outreach ministry to the Milwaukee urban Native American community

2017

An arson fire destroyed the Siggenauk Center and parish office, which was relocated to a nearby facility temporarily. No archival records were destroyed

       

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1989-ongoing

Volume: 2 volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for the Native American parishioners of Congregation of the Great Spirit. The parish website contains music recordings used in its liturgies. For sacramental records prior to Congregation of the Great Spirit, see that parish or the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Archives (closed parishes). The Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serves as the archival repository for the parish and its predecessors.

 

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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