Mount Marty College will soon be Mount Marty University

Bulletin Extras, January 2020
YANKTON, SD – Mount Marty College announced January 29 its intention to change its name to Mount Marty University. This change, which will go into effect on July 1, 2020, was approved by both the College’s Board of Trustees and the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery. This change promises to be another step forward for an 83-year old institution that has long made its impact known through a combination of liberal arts and career-oriented education steeped in the Catholic Benedictine tradition. Sister Maribeth Wentzlaff, Prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery, says she is proud of the institution for making this historical change. “Throughout Biblical history, when a person or place is given a name change, it has significant, long-lasting ramifications.  It is usually a call to assume a new role or to…
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Father Andrew Young making the most of his work as military chaplain

Bulletin Extras, January 2020
Father Andrew Young, military chaplain with the Air Force, serves the Holy Spirit Catholic community at Hurlburt Field near Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He makes the most of his ministry to the military personnel there. In the photo shared by Father Young's parents, he is baptizing his God daughter at the base chapel the last week of December. The Diocese of Sioux Falls is his home diocese.
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Bon Homme #4002 Knights gather for oyster feed

Bulletin Extras, January 2020
[caption id="attachment_4755" align="alignright" width="300"] State, district and neighboring council members attended the annual Rocky Mountain oyster feed.[/caption] Bon Homme Knights of Columbus #4002 gathered for a Rocky Mountain oyster feed in December at the Fr. Cronin Memorial Center at St. Leo the Great Parish in Tyndall. During the gathering, Bob Rennolet (immediate past Grand Knight) received his outgoing Grand Knight pin from current Grand Knight Ken Ranek. Ernie Bures was presented with his honorary life card. [caption id="attachment_4756" align="alignleft" width="225"] Bob Rennolet, immediate past Grand Knight, receiving his award from current Grand Knight Ken Ranek.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4757" align="alignright" width="225"] Financial Secretary Hubert Zimmerman presents Ernie Bures with his Honorary Life card.[/caption]
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Serra Club donates to seminarians

Bulletin Extras, January 2020
Father Jordan Samson, vocations director for the diocese, accepted a $7,000 check recently from the Serra Club. The gift, presented by John Ranek, will be used for seminarian education. More information about Serra Club from their website: Serra Clubs work with their bishops, dioceses and religious vocation directors to encourage and support vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life. Serra activities include attending meetings with speakers focusing on topics of importance for Catholics and on vocations. In addition to participating in many group activities, Serra members do noteworthy work on their own time, affirming seminarians, priests and religious. In summary, Serrans are dedicated Catholics who pray for the increase and perseverance of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Serrans also encourage others to pray for vocations…
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Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood thankful for God’s graces and rural roots in new assignment

Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood thankful for God’s graces and rural roots in new assignment

Headlines, January 2020
[caption id="attachment_4682" align="alignright" width="300"] Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood (left) and Bishop Paul Swain share a moment at the press conference introducing the new bishop. (Photo by Kevin Fitzgibbons)[/caption] By Renae Kranz The wait is finally over. On December 12, 2019, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Donald DeGrood as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. He will be ordained and installed February 13. Bishop-elect DeGrood will succeed Bishop Paul Swain after Pope Francis accepted Bishop Swain’s resignation. Per canon law, bishops are required to submit their resignation at age 75, which Bishop Swain did in September of 2018. Until Bishop-elect DeGrood is ordained, Bishop Swain will be the apostolic administrator for the diocese. He’s pleased to see the appointment come to fruition. “The diocese will now have a discerning bishop…
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Connect deeply in your marriage by being reckless

Connect deeply in your marriage by being reckless

Headlines, January 2020
[caption id="attachment_4679" align="alignright" width="300"] Emily Leedom, Director of the Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, with her husband Matt in the Canadian Rockies.[/caption] Are we bored? There we stood, on the grand staircase of what is affectionately called the “Castle of the Canadian Rockies.” We were coming to the end of five days, sans children, in perhaps the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Our careful watch of cheap flights had finally paid off and we committed to an adventure together. Oh, what an adventure it was! But there, on the final day, in a castle of endless hallways, corners, restaurants and ballrooms, my husband asked the question and we knew the answer. We were bored. Insert awkward silence. Let me make one…
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Faith resolutions to jump start your new year

Faith resolutions to jump start your new year

Headlines, January 2020
By Renae Kranz Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Or maybe you’ve already given up on them. There’s so much pressure to start the year off by making some grand vow to change a major part of our lives for the better. Many of the things we try to change are great things: lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with family, start a business. Have you ever considered making New Year’s resolutions that help you increase your faith and build a better relationship with the Lord? If not, this might be your year to make a difference in your own life and the lives of those around you. Here are 14 faith-based resolutions you can choose from. Pick one or two that feel doable and commit to…
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Christmas concert performed at St. Anthony of Padua

Christmas concert performed at St. Anthony of Padua

Headlines, January 2020
The Christmas on the Prairie concert brought the season to life at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hoven, on December 8. This year’s theme was “O Morning Star.” The concert featured soloists Robin Steitz and Lilly Karrer, and Tom Roberts as the narrator. It also featured members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Northern State University Chamber Singers, and the All-Faiths Festival Choir.
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Youth deliver fruit baskets to area families

Youth deliver fruit baskets to area families

Headlines, January 2020
St. Peter Parish, Colman, religious education students delivered fruit baskets to families in the area before Christmas. Students in grades 7-12 handed out 25 baskets to families in Colman. St. Elizabeth Court #1362 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas donated the fruit baskets. St. Elizabeth Court has been making these fruit baskets and teaming up with religious ed students to deliver them for over 25 years. The students spread Christmas joy by caroling as they delivered their goodies. (Photo by Mary Beth Zwart)
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