Ministries Supported by Catholic Family Sharing Appeal

Seminarian/Priest Education

  • Vocations Recruitment and Promotion
  •  Opportunities for Permanent Diaconate training and formation
  • Seminarian education and formation – currently 17 men are discerning their call
  • Priest Continuing Education and Sabbaticals
  • Priest/Religious Retirement


  • Discipleship support for youth and adults
  • Sacramental preparation support programs – baptism, Eucharist, confirmation, marriage
  • Religious education support
  • Conferences for women and couples
  • Resources for enhancement of family life
  • Special Needs
  • Marian Apostolate
  • Catechists of the Good Shepherd Training
  • Mastermind Groups – small group program for parish catechetical leaders
  • Equip – 3-year formation program for adulting missionary discipleship
  • Office of Worship
  • Discipleship Camps
  • Youth Conferences
  • Going Deeper, Words of Wisdom and other retreats
  • Lumen Christi (Latin for Light of Christ) children and youth program, formerly known as Totus Tuus
  • Awareness for ways to encourage respect for the dignity of all life
  • Marriage enrichment tools
  • South Dakota Catholic Conference

Catholic Family Services

  • Grief groups and other loss support programs
  • Family and individual counseling
  • Pregnancy counseling for birth mothers and families
  • Project Rachel – healing for post abortion
  • Single day programs in parishes around the diocese

Pastoral Ministry Services

  • The Bishop’s ministry, including parish and school visits and confirmations
  • Support for pastoral and finance councils, other parish structural needs
  • Cemeteries
  • Stewardship
  • Marriage Tribunal
  • Chaplaincy support for hospitals, prisons and other human service facilities


  • The Bishop’s Bulletin monthly to every household
  • Sunday TV Mass broadcast and streamed each week
  • Audio/video production including weekly radio programs, podcasts and videos
  • Diocesan website –
  • Social media communicating the Good News

Catholic Education/Newman Centers

  • Newman Catholic Campus Ministry located at 4 university campuses.
  • Office of Catholic Schools:  supporting the 22 Catholic schools that carry out this important apostolate on behalf of 27 parishes in 15 different communities in the diocese.

Pastoral Administrative Services

  • Technology support
  • Personnel resources through benefits administration, human resource consulting, , safe environment programs and more
  • Financial administrative services, including parish accounting and census and risk management

Outreach Ministries

  • Marriage, Family and Respect Life Initiatives
  • Catholic outreach beyond the diocese
  • As well as coordinated support for these separate works
    • Support of feeding and shelter ministries serving people from across the diocese.
    • Assistance and support to military families
    • Mother Teresa Fund supporting pregnant women
    • St. Joseph Catholic Housing with more than 1000 units around the diocese
    • Retrouvaille peer ministry for hurting marriages