Bishop Paul J. Swain

Eighth Bishop of the diocese of Sioux Falls

In Memory of Bishop Paul J. Swain

Bishop Swain served as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls from Oct. 26, 2006, to Feb. 13, 2020, when he was succeeded by current Bishop Donald DeGrood. During his time in the diocese, Bishop Swain oversaw the restoration of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the creation of the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, the building of the permanent home for the Adoration Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the diocese, among many other accomplishments.

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Bishop Swain Resources

Restoration of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph

Restoration of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph

Building a Future

with Bishop Paul J. Swain

Avera Campus

Bishop Charity Events

St. Joseph Catholic Housing

Construction of The Mater Ecclesiae Monastery

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House


125th Legacy Anniversary


Parish and School Visits

Diocesan Conferences

Fortnight for Freedom

Youth Events

Praying at Planned Parenthood

Sunday TV Mass

Pilgrimages to Rome, Holy Land, and Poland

Episcopal Moments

Ordination and Installment

Ordained 53 Priests and Deacons

Meeting Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

20,460+ Confirmed