April 12, 2024
Father James Morgan, rector of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, makes the most of his time at the hunt with other priests and hunters. (Photo by Ellen Keena)

The 28th Annual Bishop’s Charity Hunt will be taking to the fields in the Kimball area in September to raise money in support of Newman Centers in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Priests and lay hunters alike will join Bishop DeGrood to hunt pheasants, swap stories and celebrate Mass.

Produced by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, the hunt will be hosted by Horseshoe K Ranch on September 20-21. There will be plenty of great food, trap shooting to warm up, and prizes to win, not to mention the challenge of hunting.

All proceeds for the Bishop’s Charity Hunt benefit Catholic Newman Centers on university campuses in the diocese. These centers are critical places where college students can deepen their faith at a time when the culture works against it. Decisions made during these years have deep impacts on the rest of these student’s lives. Strong Catholic campus ministry forms leaders of tomorrow in our society and our Church—from strong husbands and wives to priests and religious.

Here’s a snapshot of the impact Newman Centers have on students:

  • Average of 130-plus students attending daily Mass
  • Over 700 students attending Sunday Mass
  • Over 90 weekly Bible studies held on campus with approximately 425 students attending
  • Over the past five years, 17 men have entered seminary, and six women have entered religious life

Newman Centers provide services such as Mass and confession, Bible studies, retreat opportunities, service projects, mission trips, marriage prep, RCIA and counseling services.

To learn more about the Bishop’s Hunt or to register, visit ccfesd.org/events/bishops-charity-hunt.