Hellos and good-byes

Happy Tuesday to you all!

I write with mixed emotions today, since we’ve said good-bye and hello at the same time this week.

You may remember Fr. Steve sharing with you that we had a visiting Portuguese SCJ, Fr. Jose, staying at St. Joseph’s since April as he worked on his thesis.  He really got into the swing of things on St. Joseph’s campus and throughout South Dakota.  He went with Fr. Steve and Lakota (Sioux) seventh graders on their cultural trip to the Black Hills and other important places to Native American heritage in neighboring states.

Fr. Jose also went to Hales Corners, Wisconsin, to observe the election assembly that chose Fr. Steve to be our new Provincial.  I think the only thing we may have missed while he was here were the lawn mower races in Pukwana, South Dakota!  Father Jose left about 10 days ago to visit our SCJ confreres in Houston, Texas and see the work that is being done there at Our Lady of Guadalupe.  He’ll head back to France in mid-August.

The other ‘good bye’ was for Fr. Steve as he headed out for Hales Corners early Sunday morning. On August 1, he will take over as our new Provincial.  He reminded me that he‘d be coming for St. Joseph’s powwow in September, so you will have the chance to see him then if you can attend.

Hellos were said to our new staff members who are on campus this week for orientation.  Right now, they are on a scavenger hunt, which will take them around the campus to find various sites they need to know about.  They’ll be taking classes on First Aid, fire safety, adult and child CPR and use of the AED, and learning how to fill out various forms they will need for school, in the homes or kitchen for supplies.

St. Joseph’s new teachers and houseparents undergo extensive training before students return to campus.
New staff are trained in everything from paperwork to how to safely deescalate a situation with a child who may become aggressive. Safety for St. Joseph’s students and staff is our top priority!

We are very grateful to have them! Their willingness to blend their talents and skills with our veteran staff will help us provide our Native American students with the best, safest and most rewarding program possible. Of course, all this is thanks to your generosity.

Next week, St. Joseph’s returning staff will begin orientation. On August 11, students will return and class begins Monday, August 12. As you can see, things will be busy for a while!

Thank you again for your support of St. Joseph’s, both financial contribution and prayers – we are grateful for your friendship! Have a great week and may God’s blessings continue to be with you now and always.

Sincerely,

Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ

Chaplain

St. Joseph’s Indian School

PS.  Please keep Fr. Steve in your prayers this week as he prepares to be installed as Provincial on Thursday, August 1, 2013!  If you could say a prayer for him that day, I’m sure he would appreciate it so that God’s strength and guidance will be with him as he leads our community into the future.   Thank you!

Fr. Anthony

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.

4 thoughts on “Hellos and good-byes”

  1. Hello to all the new staf and to yu Fr Anthony..my prayers are with you all… Good-bye and happy trails to Fr Steve…I will miss you and keep you in my prayers especially next Tuesday!

  2. I also say my Hellos’ to the new, and promoting staff…hoping it all will be a SAFE and Great beginning for each and all. My Prayers are with each individual, though I do not know everyones’ name…; our heavenly FATHER knows that everyone is included. My Prayers are with Fr. Steve, as I know his heart aches, in saying his temporary good-byes’ as he also heads off to his promotion of higher grounds’. The children he touched are so BLESSED to have had him for so long. I have corresponded with Fr. Steve for many years,and have gathered a friendship within, or at least felt it from this end. I will continue to Pray for Fr. Steve, and his progressing good health, for the benefit of himself, and everyone around him. I have no doubt that he has left a very difficult path to follow-but will be there to help whenever he is called upon.–Fr.Steve, may GOD BLESS YOU’-, and keep you SAFE at all times.
    Thank You for all of your Prayers too’-

    Cynthia MILLER’- skaggs
    Fort Worth, Texas

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