Fr. Steve’s updates

I am so thankful for our many donors who make sacrifices for the children so we have the resources to run our programs and meet the needs of our students and the outreach programs on the reservations

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Back at St. Joseph’s, our board of directors met today. It felt odd not to be leading the agenda. I had treatment and consultations in the morning, so I had to limit my participation to phoning in during the afternoon.

Our budget for next year was approved. Many charities have really suffered through the economic downturn, but we’ve continued to be blessed with good resources.

I am so thankful for our many donors who make sacrifices for the children so we have the resources to run our programs and meet the needs of our students and the outreach programs on the reservations.

A youth group from the Lutheran church, mostly junior high students, served us supper tonight. I was impressed with the seventh grade boy who made the tater tot casserole on his own.

One of the girls pulled out a prayer card and did a quick interview with me so she knew who she was going to be praying for. The church organist played some lively tunes on the piano.

I was impressed with the way the chaperones and youth minister encouraged the young people to interact and mingle – and to teach them the value of reaching out to others.

I’m starting to feel the fatigue factor so many people said I would encounter by the third week. Energy has deserted me.

But, I know friends, family and the Lord will not desert me, which gives me strength to keep going.

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 89 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.

5 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Dear Fr. Steve,

    We continue to pray for your recovery. Not having any energy can be so frustrating, but with God’s help, you will be strong again soon and back at St. Joe’s! You are a person who is used to being on the go 24/7, so I am sure this is a challenge for you!

    Continue to fight the good fight, Fr. Steve!

  2. Well, dag nab it..! I guess with the sunshine there always comes some rain. But, it’s all part og getting well. It just is not fun. Dag nab it !
    The Bishop of the Des Moines Diocese talked on EWTN today. He made me think of you. He sounds like a real people person. He is doing confirmations right now, and seems to enjoy traveling all over the state and meeting everyone.
    Just think..by First Communion, you should be fit as a fiddle…!
    We keep you in our prayers..Always…
    Mia and Bob

  3. Sorry that your energy is failing. I have Lupus, so I know what that is like. So glad that you have so many friends, good doctors and a great support system! My prayers continue for you, and God will see you through your journey!

  4. Dear Fr. Steve, Yes I know you will keep going because you have inner strenghth. We are praying for you all the time for your recovery. God Bless hang in there.

  5. Father Steve, YOU are Never out of my prayers. I know Jesus is touching you and soon you will be healed. God is always blessing you and keeping YOU in His Tender Loving Care. Be well, NITA MARIE

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