The roots of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions began in 1873 with the appointment of
a Catholic Commissioner for Indian Missions. The purpose of that office, which was incorporated
the following year as the Office of the Catholic Commissioner for Indian Missions and later
renamed the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, was to protect, promote, and administer the
interests of the Catholic Church with respect to missions and evangelization among the Native
Americans in the United States. In so doing, it advocated for and raised funds for Catholic
missions and related Native American social and cultural issues in general.
Notable People: Officers and
personnel of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions plus allied fund raising raising
Notable Events: Notable
events regarding the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and Catholic evangelization of Native
Americans in the present-day United States.
Notable Missions: Notable
Native American Catholic missions, parishes and schools in the present-day United States.
Pictorial History: "The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions: 140 Years of Action", presented at the 75th annual Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, July 24, 2014.
Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions/ Office
of Catholic Commissioner for Indian Missions
*Vice-Postulator of the Canonization Cause of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, 2006-present; Office of the Vice-Postulator for the United States
relocated to the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.
Assistant or Associate Directors
*Legislative Assistant, 1995-2001.
Presidents of the Board of Directors/Committee of Prelates
||Bishop Martin Marty, O.S.B. (1834-1896), Bishop of Sioux Falls, South
||Cardinal James Gibbons (1834-1921), Archbishop of Baltimore
||Cardinal Denis J. Dougherty (1865-1951), Archbishop of Philadelphia
||Cardinal Francis J. Spellman (1889-1967), Archbishop of New York
||Cardinal John J. Kroll (1910-1996), Archhbishop of Philadelphia
||Archbishop William D. Borders (1913-2010), Archbishop of Baltimore
||Cardinal John J. O'Conner (1920-2000), Archbishop of New York
||Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua (1923-2012), Archbishop of Philadelphia
||Cardinal William H. Keeler (1931-), Archbishop of Baltimore
||Cardinal Edward M. Egan (1932-), Archbishop of New York
||Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien (1939-), Archbishop of Baltimore
||Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan (1950-), Archbishop of New York
Editor, The Indian Sentinel
||[Nicholas (Nick)] Black Elk (Oglala) (1863-1950)
||Reverend Albert Negahnquet (Potawatomi, 1874-1944)
||Reverend Philip B. Gordon (Ojibwa, 1885-1948)
||Reverend Henry G. Ganss
||Monsignor William M. Hughes
||Reverend William Huffer
||Reverend John S. Woods
||Reverend William Flynn
Secretaries/ Administrative Assistants
||Reverend George L. Williard
||Charles S. Lusk
||Reverend John S. Woods
||Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851-1921)
Associated Fund Raising Organizations
||Catholic Indian Missionary Association and Catholic Indian Mission Fund,
||Commission for the Catholic Missions among the Colored People and the
Indians, Washington, D.C.
||Association de la Sainte Enfance (Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood),
||Leopoldine Stiftung (Leopoldine Society), Vienna
||Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Lyon, France
||Society for the Preservation of the Faith Among Indian Children, Washington, D.C.
||Marquette League for Catholic Indian Missions, New York City
||Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago