Youth conference draws hundreds to Brookings

Youth conference draws hundreds to Brookings

December 2016, Headlines
The annual diocesan youth conference welcomed 1,700 participants from across the diocese for a day of music, dynamic speakers, prayer and Mass with Bishop Paul J. Swain. Jason Evert, an internationally renowned speaker, captivated participants with stories of the saints and what authentic relationship truly is. Nic Davidson also had participants laughing out loud as he revealed the beauty and power of the Mass. This led directly into Holy Mass with Bishop Swain which was a highlight of the day. (Photo by Bill Sealey)
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Veterans Day Program

Veterans Day Program

December 2016, Headlines
Bishop Paul J. Swain, himself a U.S. military veteran, was invited to give the keynote address at the Veterans’ Day Program at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. The Veterans’ Day Program is sponsored by the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce)
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20th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts approaching

20th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts approaching

December 2016, Headlines
The 20th annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts are just a couple of weeks away and tickets are selling well. Proceeds will benefit the Cathedral of Saint Joseph and the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House ongoing care and maintenance endowments. The six “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts will be presented on Dec. 15-18. The theme this year is “Re-Imagine Christmas.” You might think that after almost 20 years the production would become routine but not so says producer Mark Conzemius, “We are going to do some things that we feel are building on the story of Christmas.” This year, the concerts will feature soloists soprano Marni Raab and tenor Scott Piper. Both of the soloists will be teamed with musical director and conductor Dan Goeller as they guide the audience on…
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Learning to look outward

Learning to look outward

December 2016, Headlines, The Church
Melinda North, Director Catholic Family Sharing Appeal Why does it always seem that when December rolls around all we can think is, “Wow! Where did the time go?” Is it because we are rushing from event to event or focused on our never-ending “to-do” lists? I’d like to believe it’s because we are living life to the fullest, and that it just zips by, but I’m afraid that in reality I tend to keep my head down, focused and working to finish the proverbial, “to-do list.” Looking back over this past year I realize that one conversation has made it even more memorable than most. A priest-friend of mine challenged me (actually the whole congregation, but it felt like he was talking to me) to see what would happen if we…
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Living Advent Faith

Living Advent Faith

December 2016, Featured, Headlines
Living day to day we might not always be aware of God’s call or activity in our life.  We may not see how these key themes and characters of Advent have any relation to the faith life we are trying to lead.  That sentiment is often expressed by those who find themselves unexpectedly involved in meaningful efforts and which almost always deepen their own faith. “Mary said, ‘Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 When the Benedictine Monks began building Blue Cloud Abbey in the 1950s, they could not have imagined that someday they would need to determine what to do with the buildings and adjacent land. But with few vocations…
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Bishop Swain’s Pilgrimage

Bishop Swain’s Pilgrimage

December 2016, Headlines
Bishop Paul J. Swain (center) during the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City. The celebration of Mass was part of the pilgrimage to mark the tenth anniversary of Bishop Swain’s ordination as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. The bishop and a group from the diocese spent six days on the pilgrimage. (Photo courtesy, Mark Conzemius, Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota).
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