August 2019

Pope, bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Describing the Amazon rainforest as “vital for our planet,” Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there. “We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon,” the pope said Aug. 25 after leading the recitation of the Angelus prayer. […]

Desirae Purissima takes first vows as a Sister of Life

Sr. Desirae Purissima, SV, professed first vows as a Sister of Life on August 4 with Bishop Richard Henning of the Rockville Centre Diocese (NY) celebrating the Mass of Profession. The Sisters of Life are a religious congregation located in the New York area dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of human […]

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson highlights Knights’ efforts worldwide

MINNEAPOLIS (CNS)—Five years after the Islamic State invaded northern Iraq and began systematically persecuting the country’s Christians, the Knights of Columbus are continuing their work of supporting Iraqi parishes that are rebuilding, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in his annual report Aug. 6 at the Knights’ 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis. “The road ahead for […]

Avera Addiction Care Center

Avera leads the way in behavioral and addiction care in the region. The Addiction Care Center will open later this year in Sioux Falls allowing patients an option for detox and a 28-day program focusing on the whole person—body, mind and spirit—to get them on the road to recovery. Thomas Otten, assistant vice president of […]


The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain has decreed the following priest assignment changes effective July 10, 2019: Very Reverend Charles Cimpl to serve as the Temporary Administrator for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (St. Mary), Sioux Falls. Assignment changes effective August 7, 2019: Reverend Thomas Hartman, in addition to serving as Pastor for St. Elizabeth […]

Sharing the joy of the Gospel is amazing work

Every summer I have the same conversation with my sister. Like me, she is a teacher and the exchange usually comes while floating on an air mattress, enjoying the July sunshine. Sooner or later one of us asks “have you done much for school?” Try as we might, it is difficult to push thoughts of […]