Fr. Steve’s updates

Today at church, we honored and prayed for our graduates. We’ll have 26 eighth graders walking up the aisle in two weeks, the biggest group in some years.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today at church, we honored and prayed for our graduates. We’ll have 26 eighth graders walking up the aisle in two weeks, the biggest group in some years.

We honored Tammy LaRoche-Wagaman, who graduated eighth grade from St. Joseph’s in 1984, with our Distinguished Alumni Award. Tammy was recognized for her outstanding work in the nursing field.

We hope her example inspires our current students to persevere with their education. We may not have any famous alumni, but we are blessed with many who go about their work and make a great contribution to their tribes and communities.

We had a dinner after church for two seniors who have stayed on with St. Joseph’s High School program and graduate from Chamberlain High School next Sunday.

In the past, we’ve had trouble trying to get the seniors to say a few words, but Kelsey and Stefen each talked for about 20 minutes, with lots of memories to share. Stefen has been her for four years, and Kelsey has been here all 12. Their recollections were filled with both laughter and the emotional tears of saying goodbye. Maija put together a slide show that helped us remember them through the years.

St. Joseph's Indian School 2010 Lakota youth high school graduates

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.

3 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. FR STEVE SO HAPPY FOR TAMMY SHE WORKS MEDICAL AS A NURSE. MY LADY FRIEND HERE JANNY HAS BEEN ONE NOW 36 YEARS.
    BLESS THEM ALL WITH ST RAPHAL AMEN NEVEN

  2. This is all about the way that positive occurrences work their way into the world.
    God is to be found in the “little” things (St.Teresea of Avilla), and those “little ” things are the guidepost for the deeper sense of joy..
    You probably don’t see it, but you are contributing GREATLY to all of the above, and more..
    God Bless..!
    Prayers and Hugs.
    Mia and Bob

  3. What a wonderful story about the high school seniors…bittersweet time now that their stay at St. Joe’s is over. Wishing them Godspeed in all their future endeavors.

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