Snagging fish and faith in support of seminarians

The 23rd annual Bishop’s Fishing Tournament brought fishermen and women from all corners of the diocese to Big Stone City and Pierre in June to raise an estimated $120,000 for seminarian education.

Coordinated by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, 44 teams made up of 154 youth and adults fished for trophies and bragging rights. Over 200 more people joined in for Mass with Bishop Paul J. Swain, a social and banquet, and silent auctions and raffles.

Photo left: Collin Cronin shows off the fruits of his labors.


Derek Scheifelbein measures a fish for the competition.
Bishop Swain awards one of the Knight’s Challenge trophies to Gary Kafka. (Photos by Kevin Fitzgibbons, Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota)