Bishop Swain’s Column

Bishop Paul J. Swain’s monthly column in the Bishop’s Bulletin


Trust in Jesus Christ and the power of prayer

When we face significant transitions in life we often look back with wistful memories. As I near retirement as your bishop, I have started looking back with wistful memories of all that has transpired over these twelve plus years. They include many blessings including so many of you and your generosity in so many ways, […]

We need God who is all loving and all merciful

Recently we experienced a startling thunder and heavy rain storm in Sioux Falls. When I left the Bishop’s House for an early morning walk after it had passed, the flowering plants and shrubs were hanging low, burdened by the impact of the storm. When I returned not too long later they were showing resilience and […]

Reflecting on the chances we take in life

Spring and the impending summer find us spending more time driving for ministry and for pleasure. I have many confirmations in April and May when travel is more predictable, although an occasional blizzard can change plans quickly. Driving can be enjoyable or a chore depending on the attitude we bring to it. Some love seeing […]

Consider how we view Pentecost and Memorial Day

Two significant commemorations occur in May this year, one a holy day, Pentecost on May 20, and one a holiday, Memorial Day on May 28. PENTECOST When I was in seminary I had the privilege of visiting the Holy Land and celebrating Pentecost in Jerusalem. It was a bright and sunny day. We were in […]