June 12, 2024
Students at Sacred Heart School, Yankton, offer a blessing to Bishop Donald DeGrood.

Bishop Donald DeGrood started touring his new diocese recently to get the lay of the expansive area he will shepherd. He made stops in Yankton, Mitchell, Miller, DeSmet, Huron and Watertown.

During his travels, he visited a variety of Catholic institutions including Catholic schools, parishes, Catholic hospitals and clinics, assisted living centers, monasteries and convents, and Catholic higher education institutions.

It was important to the bishop to get out right away after ordination to get to know the people of the diocese.

“I’m finding a lot of goodness, wholesomeness, in the people,” Bishop DeGrood said. “People have been extremely warm and welcoming.”

To see more photos from the bishop’s tour, read the full April issue of the Bishop’s Bulletin.