Mission to Arizona, 1916-1940: Father Augustine Schwarz, O.F.M.

Mission to Papaguería: St. Francis Chapel, Kupk


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LAB MSS-153/23:106


The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, is traditionally celebrated on October 4. Father Schwarz photographed the villagers "bringing the Holy Pictures of visitors to the church" in 1919, as they celebrated in Kupk. Writing to the Indian Sentinel in 1932, Father Bonaventure Oblasser, O.F.M. noted that "the small chapel which their faith prompted the villagers of Kupk to build in honor of St. Francis, shows little architectural beauty but much good will."

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LAB MSS-153/23.105


"Kupk is high up in the Quijota Mountains and is only a temporary camp for the people from Pisinimo and Kupk. They built it of cactus and ocotillo. It is surely a well-ventilated building."

A new chapel was constructed sometime during the late 40s or early 50s, also dedicated to St. Francis.

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