Featured stories in our monthly Bishop’s Bulletin

Sharing our gifts makes a difference

By Renae Kranz No parish is an island. No Catholic is on their own in their faith journey. But sometimes parishes and the Catholics in them might feel like the challenge to grow the community of God is too big and the resources are too few. I’m just one person. What can I really do? […]

Human Dignity: The ultimate gift from God

By Renae Kranz When you see someone you perceive as different from you, maybe a homeless person or someone who is disabled, what pops into your mind? If we’re honest with ourselves, we probably wouldn’t want anyone to know what we’re thinking. It might go something like this: That person makes me uncomfortable. I don’t […]

Recovery & Faith: Intertwined by God’s grace

By Renae Kranz A new acquaintance recently told me about a prayer she says to herself each morning. “Dear God, get in my head before I do.” You see, this acquaintance is a recovering alcoholic. She uses this prayer to hand the wheel of her day over to God instead of over to the temptation […]

Chastity, It’s for Everyone!

by Renae Kranz Try this experiment. If you have an iPhone, try typing “chastity” in a text message. As you type, watch the autocomplete feature. On my phone and others I tested, the iPhone didn’t know the word “chastity” at all. How is this possible? It’s possible because in a fallen world, we can’t expect […]

Enriched by the variety of newer cultures in our diocese

The universality of the Catholic faith on display The more than 35,000 square miles east of the Missouri River in South Dakota have been inhabited by human beings for several thousand years. There was a long tradition of the Dakota people and their culture on these prairies. And in the last 150 years, cultures from […]

What Strange Gods Do We Honor?


A Look at the First Commandment The call and command to place God above all else in our lives could not be much clearer. It is first of the Ten Commandments and Jesus reinforces it throughout the gospels, for example, in the Gospel of Matthew. “He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, your […]