September, 1964

The yaqui Tribe was recognized by the Federal Government. A reservation of 3 square miles was established, known as New Pascua Yoeme Pueblo.


Fr. Kieran McCarthy, OFM, established the St. Nicholas Center to minister to Native Americans in South Tucson,  particularly the Tohono O'odham.

About the same time, Fr. Richard Alford, CSSR, was ministering to the Yaquis in the Old Pascua at the chapels fo San Ignacio and Santa Rosa.


Frs. Edwin Dill, S.T. and Kenan Ryan, S.T. were sent by the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity to develop a formation program for the laity. Fr Stan Nadolny was Vicar for Native Amercians. The Missionary Servants saw the need for ministry to the urban Native AMericans. Bishop Manuel Moreno invited the Missionary Servants to take on this ministry.


Fr. Owen Farrell, S.T. was assigned to work with Fr. Schultz, OFM, at the St Nicholas Center.

Fr. Maurice McCarthy, a member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa worked with the Yaqui Tribe from 1964 to 1983 when he died. He is buried at Monte Calvario on the New Pascua Yoeme Pueblo Reservation.

November 30, 1984

The Most Reverend Manuel D. Moreno, Bishop of Tucson signed the Decree of Erection establishing the personal parish of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

Fr. Owen Farrell, S.T. became the first Pastor. The personal parish covers Native American in the urban and metropolitan areas of the City of Tucson, the CIty of South Tucson, and the Town of Marana. Its chapels and missions include: St. Nicholas Center, San Martin in Barrio Libre, San Ignacio and Santa Rosa in Old Pueblo, Cristo Rey Mission in New Pascua, and San Juan Bautista in Pueblo Yoeme, Marana.

Brother James McPike was the first Missionary Servant Religious Brother to serve at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. In 1985 he left the parish to work with the office for Native Americans and Black Missions.

In 1985, Fr. Raphael Toner, S.T. arrived to assist Fr. Owen, he ministered at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish until his demise in 1996. Fr. Luke Mikschl, S. T. also arrived in that year and served for a year.

October 1, 1987

Fr. Daniel McLaughlin, S.T. became the pastor replacing Fr. Owen who died of cancer. Father Dan worked vigorously with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Administration and co-founded the Pima County Interfaith Council as the parish thrived in the community and among the peoples. Father Dan served as pastor until September, 2009.

The present San Juan Bautista Chapel was built by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Administration on Yoeme Pueblo in Marana.

July 1, 1996

Fr. Abram Dono, S.T. arrived to serve as Parochial Vicar.

July 2, 2002

Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Church of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on 29th Street in South Tucson. Fr. Dan sprinkled on the property the dirt he collected from St. Kateri's tomb in Kahnawake, near Montreal. Mr. Rex Redhouse, a Navajo Medicine man, blessed the grounds for the parish church and offices.

March 2, 2003

Bishop Manuel Moreno of Tucson dedicated the Church of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on 29th Street in South Tucson, together with Bishop Francis Quinn who, on retirement from the Diocese of Sacramento, worked with Native American in the Diocese of Tucson for 13 years.

Other Missionaries who served at the Parish:

Fr. Francisco Nunez, S.T. Parochial Vicar, 2003-2004

Fr. Joseph Keenan, S.T. Assosciate Pastor, 2005-2006

Fr. Stephen Ernst, S.T. Visiting Priest, 2008

Fr. Ermeregildo Saldana, S.T. Pastor July 2009-2012

Fr. Seraphim Molina, S.T. Pastor, March 1, 2012 - present.

October 21, 2012

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was Canonized in Rome.



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