Remembering 9/11: Recommit to peace and justice As a fellow US citizen as a Catholic bishop on the Eastern side of South Dakota as we remember September 11th of 2001, many of us remember it was a great tragedy indeed. Nearly 3,000 people died that day from terrorist attacks. We think of all those families and all those souls that were lost and all those who since that time have made so many sacrifices in America and Beyond to try to protect the innocent, to try to protect life. We think of the nearly 2,300 people who died in Afghanistan, those military personnel who made sacrifices let alone all those who were affected in other ways. As we remember this sobering reality may be also be filled with a recommitment…
We have recently received a significant number of inquiries from the faithful concerning general requirements for some persons to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. We addressed many moral aspects of choosing a vaccine in a statement on December 30, 2020. As we said then, one may accept Covid-19 vaccines in good conscience if certain conditions are met, but doing so is not a universal moral duty. We echoed the Vatican, which explained in a doctrinal note that “practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation.” Rather, with attention to the common good, the decision to receive a Covid-19 vaccination should be discerned in light of many factors, several of which we described in that statement. Now, recent inquiries from the faithful raise the corollary question…
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the June General Assembly meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I sensed in prayer I should offer some comments on whether the U.S. bishops should draft a teaching on the Eucharist. Various bishops offered their thoughts, and voting results were 168-55 to authorize the drafting of a teaching document on the Eucharist, which could then be discussed at a future USCCB meeting. As your bishop, I thought it fitting to offer you some rationale regarding the comments I made at the USCCB General Assembly. Please click the link below to read my full statement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqXZ5nj5kXk The Ordination of Rev. Mr. Jacob Doty, Rev. Mr. Scott Miller and Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Schulte to the order of Priesthood. May 28, 2021 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls, SD.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8kqCcolmoo The Ordination of Nicholas Haiar, Mitchell McLaughlin and Zachary Schaefbauer to the order of Transitional Deacon. May 27, 2021 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls, SD.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0nvfc3W8II The Ordination of Jonathan Scott Eckrich, Bradley Elvin Palmer, Peter Jude Sexton, Daniel Guy Sherban, and Jeffrey Paul Swank the order of Permanent Deacon. May 15, 2021 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls, SD. Program for the Ordination for Viewing or Download
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5nnPVtQMu8 The fourth in Bishop DeGrood's series on Truth, Goodness and Beauty focuses on the great gift of our own creation in God's image, specifically where it applies to our sexual identity. After watching the video, be sure to read Bishop's teaching letter on this topic by clicking the link below. Love Ourselves - Information Guide
The month of May is filled with Ordination events. May 15, 2021 we will ordain 5 men to the Permanent Diaconate. Jonathan Scott Eckrich, Bradley Elvin Palmer, Peter Jude Sexton, Daniel Guy Sherban & Jeffrey Paul Swank. May 27, 2021 is our Transitional Diaconate Ordination for Nicholas Allen Haiar, Mitchell James McLaughlin & Zachary Keith Schaefbauer. May 28, 2021, Deacon Jacob Doty, Deacon Scott Miller & Deacon Jeffrey Schulte will be ordained as priests for the diocese. All ordinations will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls and are set to begin at 11:00 am. All ordinations are open to the public. If you are not comfortable around large crowds yet, we are also livestreaming these ordinations and will be available to watch live and afterwards…
Rosary for Healing from Abuse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhn-a9Y7dhE Prayed Live at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph at 10:00am April 13, 2021. Together, we can ensure that all are safe from secual abuse and provide assistance and support to survivors who are on the path to healing. You can help in these efforts by offering your prayers for healing and protection. This rosary will help you to life up their needs in prayer, offering them to God through Mary who offers her loving protection to all her children.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI963Lr4uBMThe third in Bishop DeGrood's series on Truth, Goodness and Beauty focuses on the great gift of charity and how we can use it to love and respect others just as God made them. After watching the video, click the links below for more information. Love of Others - Information Guide