Do bioethics techniques respect  our human dignity?

Do bioethics techniques respect our human dignity?

Headlines, September 2019
Recent headlines have made my head spin. For example, a new scientific technique, termed “mitochondrial transfer,” has raised the specter of human beings scientifically engineered from three or more “parents,” with numerous actual cases reported. Along similar lines, CRISPR technology, the molecular tool designed to edit genes, has been used to genetically modify babies. “Should the rich be allowed to buy the best genes?” is now a real question one headline poses, not a line from an Aldous Huxley novel. Follow that with a report in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine this spring that “a man delivered a stillborn baby.” A woman, who identified herself as a “transgender man,” went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain. Her medical records identified her as a male, so she…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, September 2019
Effective June 24, 2019: The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, after consultation with the College of Consultors and with consideration of the proposed plans for future use of the building, decreed the deconsecration of Holy Trinity Church in Hosmer and relegated the worship space to profane yet nonsordid use. Effective August 7, 2019: The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, upon receipt of the decree of excardination by the Most Reverend James P. Powers, Bishop of Superior, decreed the incardination of Deacon J. Patrick Derrington as a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Respectfully submitted, Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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Can we be saints?

Can we be saints?

Headlines, September 2019
Can we be saints? A saint is just a sinner who keeps trying You get a sneak peak! “Can we be saints?” is a new series that will be launched on this website this month. Regularly, we’ll introduce you to a saint in a new way, not with just a boring old bio. We’ll show you how saints struggled and lived very much like we do today. They’re more like us than we could ever imagine. Click here to see more stories of how our lives and saints lives intersect. By Renae KranzHave you ever had to wait a long time to get something you really wanted in life? Maybe you’ve waited a long time to meet your ideal spouse, and the wrong people keep sending you off track. Or you can’t…
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St. Pio of Pietrelcina: Relics to visit diocese as part of tour

St. Pio of Pietrelcina: Relics to visit diocese as part of tour

Headlines, September 2019
The relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (better known as St. Padre Pio) will be visiting the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on Sunday, September 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A Mass to honor St. Pio will be celebrated at 4 p.m. This event is part of the “Relics Tour of St. Padre Pio” sponsored by the St. Pio Foundation, a nonprofit charity dedicated to the promotion of the spiritual charism of St. Pio. The relics of St. Pio available for public veneration will include his glove, a crust of the wounds of his stigmata, cotton gauze with blood stains, a lock of hair, his mantle, and a handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died. Cathedral of Saint Joseph rector Father James Morgan sees this as a…
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Conference inspires Catholics to bring their faith to work

Conference inspires Catholics to bring their faith to work

Headlines, September 2019
Area business people seeking to integrate faith into the workplace gathered for the 2019 Faith and Business Conference in August. The conference featured speakers who helped show attendees how to take faith principals and turn them into business practices—taking Sunday into Monday. Speakers included Catherine Pakaluk, assistant professor of Social Research and Economic Thought at The Catholic University of America, Tom Morgan, Vistage Chair, and Father James Mason, president and rector at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Father Mason also celebrated Mass with the attendees. The conference attracted around 250 people. To watch all of the keynote speakers’ talks, go to www.faithandbusinessconference.com. Next year’s conference will feature Super Bowl Champion and six-time Pro-Bowl NFL offensive lineman Matt Birk as one of the keynote speakers.
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Anniversary Masses put the commitment of couples on display for Christian faithful

Anniversary Masses put the commitment of couples on display for Christian faithful

Headlines, September 2019
Bishop Paul J. Swain celebrated the first of two annual anniversary Masses to honor couples who have enjoyed the Sacrament of Marriage for 25 years or more. The Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls was held August 18 and included a reception and the opportunity for photos with the bishop. The Church holds the Sacrament of Marriage in high esteem because strong marriages build strong families that reflect the Trinity, which in turn creates a solid foundation on which to build the Church. Recognition of marriage in the Church shows other couples a good example of Christian love and sacrifice. Emily Leedom, director of Marriage, Family and Respect Life for the diocese, has been inspired by what she has seen at these Masses. “A few years…
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24th Annual Bishop’s Charity Hunt

24th Annual Bishop’s Charity Hunt

Headlines, September 2019
Support college students' faith through Catholic Campus Ministries Bishop Paul J. Swain and priests from the diocese will trade in their traditional black for blaze orange hunting gear during the Bishop’s Charity Hunt on September 23 and 24, sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern South Dakota. The fields at Horseshoe K Ranch in Kimball offer a perfect setting for the two-day pheasant hunt. All proceeds help support the Catholic Newman Centers at the four state universities in eastern South Dakota: SDSU in Brookings, USD in Vermillion, NSU in Aberdeen and DSU in Madison. Father Andrew Dickinson, director of the Pius XII Newman Center in Brookings and pastor at St. Paul Parish in White, knows pheasants are plentiful and an important part of South Dakota’s economic and cultural lifeblood.…
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It’s a beautiful time to be a priest: Discerning a vocation in a time of crisis

It’s a beautiful time to be a priest: Discerning a vocation in a time of crisis

Featured, September 2019
By Father Michael Griffin In March 1992, Pope John Paul II presented to the Church the apostolic exhortation “Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Shall Give You Shepherds)” on the formation of priests. In this document, the mystery of vocations was presented as “an inexpressible dialogue between God and human beings, between the love of God who calls and the freedom of individuals who respond lovingly to him.” (PDV, 36) This dialogue was present at the beginning when God entered into a relationship with human beings, continued through the call of prophets and apostles, and endures to this day as God calls the baptized to their vocation in life; God calls in love and we respond in love. Since the beginning of the Church, God has called men to the vocation of…
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Affirm your priests, deacons and seminarians

Affirm your priests, deacons and seminarians

Bishop Swain's Column, September 2019
The theme for this month’s Bulletin is “Discerning a Vocation in a Time of Crisis.” Surely these are challenging times for us all, but especially for our priests and seminarians. That a few would betray their promise of chastity and cast a shadow over the vast majority of our brothers is discouraging to say the least, dispiriting and profoundly sad. I encourage those reading these words to affirm and encourage your priests, deacons and our seminarians. The truth is that a vocation, whichever it is, is a call from God through Christ always in the midst of the culture of the day. One reason I recommend studying the history of the Church is to put in perspective the unique cultural challenges of our day. Simply contemplating the Passion of our…
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