22 years ago today I was ordained a priest.
I give thanks to God for all the blessings that have come to me because of this vocation. I pray I can be a good priest set an example that helps students, staff and the many people who help make St. Joseph’s Indian School possible to feel God’s love.
Today, we held our annual Spring Sobriety Walk on a windy, yet warm and sunny spring afternoon. The assembly began at the Rec Center and our whole student body, along with members of the student leadership group from Chamberlain High School, walked into town. Wearing matching t-shirts designed by Kianna, one of our Freshmen. The students carried banners and flags during the walk. At a designated point the Homes split off into the four directions around town and later met up at a rally point on the south end of main street. My foot and nerves held up quite well during the two-mile walk, and it felt great to be strolling and talking with the students.
When we returned to campus, everyone enjoyed a picnic supper in the pavilion. Then guest speakers addressed the students in two different age groups. They shared their own stories of recovery and hope, and encouraging our youngsters to make the right choice regarding drugs and alcohol, so they can building a brighter future for themselves and their families.