December 2019


The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain decreed the following since the most recent publication of The Bishop’s Bulletin: Effective October 22, 2019, placed Reverend Jonathan Venner on non Charter leave from assigned ministry. Effective December 1, 2019, implemented new policy and guidelines for Financial Accountability in Parish Administration. A copy of the policy can be […]

Avera celebrates opening of two new facilities

Avera recently celebrated the opening of two new facilities on the Avera on Louise Health Campus at 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls. This 82-acre campus is home to the Avera Specialty Hospital and Avera Medical Group building, Avera Addiction Care Center and Avera Human Performance Center. Bishop Paul Swain provided a blessing at a […]

Conference invites youth to follow Jesus

The 2019 Youth Conference, “Come Follow Me,” took over the Swiftel Center in Brookings in early November. Around 1,000 youth and adult leaders from parishes throughout the diocese were treated to speaker Chris Barlett, Josh Blakesley and his band, confession, eucharistic adoration, Mass with Bishop Paul Swain, a walk with the saints, and a dance […]

Stewardship award given to Beacom’s for their service

Miles and Lisa Beacom were awarded the annual Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota (CCFESD) Stewardship Award by CCFESD President Mark Conzemius (far right) and Bishop Paul Swain (pictured between Miles and Lisa). The award is given to CCFESD board members who exemplify what it means to be good stewards. The Beacom’s are members […]

St. Joseph Parish dedicates cemetery monument

St. Joseph Church, Grenville, dedicated a new cemetery monument October 13. The monument recognizes the 306 souls who are buried in the parish cemetery but do not have a headstone. In conjunction with the blessing of the monument, a cemetery book is available which contains color photos of all headstones, along with vital information such […]