Anthony Ubach

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Anthony Ubach
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Personal details
Born September 1835
Died May 27, 1907
San Diego, California
Buried Mission Hills Cemetery (Calvary Cemetery)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic

Anthony Dominic Ubach (1835–1907) was a Roman Catholic priest and long-time advocate for the education of Native Americans in San Diego, California during the late 19th century.

Ubach, a native of Catalonia, in Spain, was the first priest appointed to serve Mission San Diego de Alcalá after California's annexation by the United States. In 1862, President Lincoln had signed an order returning the mission lands to the Catholic Church. Presumably appointed by Bishop Thaddeus Amat—then the Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles—Ubach arrived in 1866 to find that the mission had been used by the U.S. military for nearly twenty years, and was in a total state of disrepair.

As soon as he arrived, as well as the restoration of the church itself, Ubach sought ways to provide vocational training to the young Native Americans of the mission. At that time, there was no efforts made by the U.S. government for the education of Native Americans, and for nearly twenty years, he had to rely on private resources, mostly the Presbyterian mission office. By the time they ceased to provide aid, a national office of the Catholic Church dedicated to the assistance of Blacks and Native Americans had been established and was able to provide limited support. This office had come about through the work of Mother (later Saint) Katherine Drexel.

For this work, three schools were eventually founded, and were run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, whom Ubach met when they passed through San Diego on their way to Arizona, their first establishment in the region.

Ubach served as pastor of the mission until his death in 1907.[1]


  1. ^ McNeil, Teresa Baksh (Summer 1988). "St. Anthony's Indian School in San Diego, 1886-1907". The Journal of San Diego History. 34 (3). Retrieved March 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • Teresa Baksh McNeil. 1988. "St. Anthony's Indian School in San Diego, 1886-1907." Journal of San Diego History.