May 2019

President of U.S. Bishops and chairman of migration issue statement on President Trump’s proposed immigration reform plan

Washington, D.C. – Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, Texas, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response to the President’s remarks today on his proposed immigration reform plan.  Full statement follows: “While we […]

Father Luke Ballman appointed executive director of Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Washington, D.C. – Father Luke Ballman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has been appointed as Executive Director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV).  Father Ballman has served as Associate Director of CCLV since July 2016. The new appointment will take effect December 1, 2019.  Monsignor Brian Bransfield, […]

Season of parish meals, suppers brings parishioners together

St. Patrick Parish, Montrose, brought out the parishioners (top photo) for the parish’s annual ham dinner. (Top photo courtesy, Father Bob Krantz, St. Patrick Parish, Montrose) The crowds were also great at St. Joseph Parish, Grenville, for all of the parish’s fish fry meals (bottom photo) during the Lenten season. (Bottom photo courtesy, Father Brian […]

You are invited to consider God’s love for you

“The more the Spirit quenches our thirst, the thirstier we become.” This quote by one of my favorite authors, Father Wilfrid Stinessen speaks to my desire for the young people (and all people for that matter) of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. When one encounters Jesus Christ, they are changed. I encountered Jesus Christ, as […]

Diocese comes together for Chrism Mass

Bishop Paul J. Swain consecrated the Sacred Chrism and blessed the Oil of the Sick and Oil of the Catechumens at the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Sioux Falls. These oils are used in sacraments in parishes across the diocese. Priests of the diocese also renewed their commitment as part of the […]

Bishop’s Charity Fishing tournaments on the horizon

The 23rd annual “Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament” supporting seminarian education is getting closer. The tournament is a spring tradition for many and is scheduled for Monday, June 3 on Big Stone Lake and Monday, June 10 at the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area in Pierre. Proceeds from the tournaments go toward the formation and education of […]

Students help those in need with Empty Bowls

Diners crowded into the O’Gorman High School cafeteria for the annual Empty Bowls fund raiser. The benefit provides a meal of soup, bread and dessert with the goal of raising money to help those in need in the community. The students at O’Gorman use the meal to help raise money for local agencies that feed […]

Catholic Daughters of the Americas generate funds for veterans

The Catholic Daughters of South Dakota recently held their 50th Biennial State Convention in Chamberlain. The theme was “We are Called…to Serve.” The new state officers were elected for a two year term. The SD CDA Military project held a special fund raiser with donations made and a check presented to “Wishes for Heroes” to […]