It has been a while, dear readers, since I posted anything new here. Running three parishes in American’s second poorest county has kept me busy, to say the least. But you will be happy to know, I hope, that the Church here is growing once again — Mass attendance up by 40% over this time last year, sacramental prep programs expanded, a good number of people in RCIA, and a great shot of energy and joy last week with the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. I had a little talk with Kateri, back when she was still just a Blessed, and I think she’ll be helping us out here in the future. In fact, I think she may have pulled a few strings for us already this week.
I hope to write a bit more about our little (but growing) Lakota church here in the near future, but first I thought I’d share something I wrote a while back, after my first visit to Rosebud, which has now finally appeared in print in the very fine Christian literary journal Relief. I’d recommend a look at Relief even if they hadn’t published my story, and they’re available on Kindle.
I’d also recommend liking St. Francis Mission on Facebook to see a few more pictures of all that’s been going on here, especially our celebrations for St. Kateri.