Statements and Documents

Bishop Paul Swain’s Statements and Documents


2017 White Mass Homily

Thank you for being with us today as we celebrate this “White Mass’ where we recognize, honor and pray for all those in the healing ministry of health care, Catholic and not. It is named the White Mass because of the tradition of wearing white garments, although that is less common these days. We priests […]

2017 Blue Mass Homily

Today we gather in what has traditionally been called the Blue Mass to honor and pray in thanksgiving for all those, Catholic or not, who protect us and serve us in law enforcement and public safety professions, paid and volunteer, and their support staffs. They include first responders in emergencies and those who day-in and day-out, […]

In response to the Executive Order to eliminate the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement concerning the termination of the so-called “Dreamers” immigration program. It seeks to protect those who were brought into the United States as children and therefore with limited knowledge of immigration laws. They should not be punished for actions […]

Special Collection to Support Humanitarian Relief: Hurricane Harvey

The devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey has been shocking, sad and sobering. Archbishop Jose’ H. Gomez, Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, on behalf of Cardinal Daniel H. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops whose Archdiocese is of course directly affected, has asked […]

Letter to the Faithful

I write to inform you of a news story that was recently reported by the media about an anonymous letter concerning a non-Charter personnel matter involving a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls and local parish personnel more than two years ago. As you know, personnel matters pastorally and legally (civil and canonical) require […]

2017 Chrism Mass Homily

The Chrism Mass raises up the priesthood as we recall when Our Lord instituted that holy order at the Last Supper. As we do so it is important to also recognize the essential role of permanent deacons, men and women religious and laity both professional and volunteer. We are one in Christ only with differing […]