Fr. Steve’s updates

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

After several days of feeling stronger each day, I felt very tired today all through morning meetings.

After lunch, I hit one of those walls where the only response was to sleep for a couple of hours. I still dragged after that, but know there are going to be those kinds of days and hope for more energy tomorrow.

I joined our freshmen girls for supper in the Giles Home. Now that basketball season is complete, the discussion at the table turned to who might try out for the track team, and a few might try their hand at golf.

Many of the girls will forego spring sports and try to concentrate on keeping up on their homework and bringing their grades up.

The girls studied after we ate, and I was able to recall enough High School science to help Kelly figure out some questions about density.

We have a High School Learning Center on campus to help our students. Tutors are available after school and in the evening hours. Math and science are the subjects where our students seek the most help.

The Learning Center is also a resource room for information about college and vocational training, as we want all our students setting goals and having some dreams that go beyond high school.

The Learning Center is now in temporary quarters, housed in what used to be the rec room in the basement of the Kateri Homes.

After finishing the Fisher Home renovation, we can’t rest on our accomplishment, but will get ready to remodel the Carola Home, which necessitated the Learning Center move.

The new space is not as ideal as the old, but we have to make due for the rest of the school year, until we can get back to the usual space in the fall.

I stopped in for a while to see how staff and students were adjusting, and offer encouragement.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

12 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. That wall you speak of means, STOP! I know it’s hard but you have to rest so much more than we are used to. This time will pass quickly. You need to rest to give the drugs time to do their job. Try and slow down for a a day or so. It will not take long to feel better… Sending my daily prayers, Joe

  2. Father Steve
    Sounds like lots to do. I hope your get more energy as the week goes by my friend. The kids sure do care, and i know that means a lot. have a great week and we are always praying for you and the children!!! God Bless – Your Friend Mike Clapper

  3. Hi, “Teacher”..
    Sounds like you are staying ahead of the world…!..Well..just keep that up..! All good teachers stay up with their homework..!
    And besides all of that..YOU are such a fine priest..! You probably don’t know how proud we are of you..words could not tell it..!
    We don’t even know you, but your actions that we read of, and and your letters speak so loudly of your love..that we can not help but love you back, and feel that you are one of our family..
    God Bless and keep you..
    Mia and Bob

  4. Just love to read your updates. Each day you provide updates about the lives of everyone at St. Joseph’s Indian School. I feel like I am apart of the happenings there. It makes me proud that I am a monthly contributor to your find school and equally makes me proud of my own Indian heritage (Cherokee). Always remember that we are praying for your wellness Father and that you are appreciated by all. Kurt

  5. Dear Father Steve,

    Please be assured of our prayers for your speedy recovery. Both myself and my wife have survived cancer. I was blessed with surgery for removal of a cancerous kidney in October 2005, which was totally contained in the sac around the kidney. My wife had colon cancer with surgery to remove a foot of the colon, along with lymph nodes and blood vessels from the addomen. She just completed one year of chemotherapy. She understands your fatigue and the road to recovery. Leave it all to God, for He cares for you and wants you well.

  6. Praying for you over here in Massachusetts. Keep taking good care of yourself and rest to recharge when you need to. Cheers!

  7. Remember to stop and get some rest when you need it Fr. Steve! I love reading your blog! Couldn’t remember anything about “density” from my high school days!

    Know that we are all praying for you and are so in awe of how you are handling this life challenge. Have a good weekend.


  8. Dear Fr. Steve
    We keep you in our prayers every day. We keep the picture with you and your children from your latest newsletter on our computer as a constant reminder to ask God to continue to give you strength.
    God love and bless you!

  9. Dear Father Steve,

    Just wanted to send a little message to let you know that you are in the prayers of myself and my family. We are hoping for your speedy recovery and will continue to offer our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Father Steve,

    I enjoyed reading your update and hope you are feeling stronger. Rest when necessary and keep up your great attitide.God Bless you and the children at St. Joe’s.

  11. Your notes are wonderful. so other-entered.
    My prayers and love are with you each day.
    Take care of You.

    Love and peace

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