Meet Fr. Anthony

Fr. Steve has stepped down as President of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Inc. of South Dakota and as Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain.

On June 5, 2013, Fr. Steve was elected Provincial Superior for the United States Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. He left South Dakota at the end of July 2013 to relocate to the province headquarters in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

“Religious life calls for openness to the Spirit,” he said. “When I first came to St. Joseph’s in 2004, I was sad to leave parish work on the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Indian Reservations. But I trusted, and my time at St. Joseph’s was such an amazing blessing in surprising and unexpected ways. I will enter into the new role with the same faith and trust and enthusiasm.”

New Responsibilities, Familiar Face

Fr. Anthony is the Chaplain at St. Joseph's Indian School
Fr. Anthony is the SCJ priest who will oversee operations at St. Joseph’s until a new Director is named.

Though he’s taking on some new responsibilities, Fr. Anthony isn’t a new face for the Lakota children at St. Joseph’s. In 2007, he returned to St. Joseph’s Indian School to serve as Chaplain.

Fr. Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents in the Marine Corps. His father remained in the service, which took the family to several different states throughout Fr. Anthony’s childhood.

While in Joliet, Illinois, Fr. Anthony learned about the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and attended high school seminary in Donaldson, Indiana.

He professed first vows in 1966 and was ordained in 1973 at what is now the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Fr. Anthony was ordained by Bishop Joseph DePalma, SCJ, who served De Aar, South Africa at the time.

In his time with the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Anthony has done vocation work and served in parishes in Texas, California and South Dakota.

157 thoughts on “Meet Fr. Anthony”

  1. THE POWER IS IN THE ROSARY! SAY THE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY DAILY! G-d may not heal but He will have His will done in your life and give you PEACE!

    A PEACEFUL DEATH IS A PROMISE AS IS HEALING IF WE SEEK HIM IN HUMILITY!
    HE CAN HEAL OUR SOULS WHICH NEVER DIE!

    WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHAT THE BODY SUFFERS AS IT IS THE SOUL THAT LIVES FOREVER!

  2. Dear Fr. Steve,

    I met you last year at the dinner you hosted at the Vinoy Restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was a very enjoyable time and you were very gracious and welcoming. Be assured of my continued prayers. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007 and had radio-active seeds implanted in 2008. So far, so good. Cancer is scary but with the help of prayer and the support of friends, you can beat it.

    God bless you. Keep us posted.
    Fr. Henry Hemmerling
    Spring Hill, Florida

  3. Dear Father Steve,
    You have held all of us close to your heart for years. Now allow us to do the same for you. May God surround you with his angels, may He direct your doctors, nurses, and treatments, and may you feel His loving compassion at this time. I have made such great leaps in faith in the times I have visited with you at the Washington, DC luncheons. Know that I will pray faithfully for you now. God bless you and let us know what you need and how you are doing.
    Ginny Wells
    Alexandria, VA

  4. With God’s blessings, may all the angels that surround you help pull you through a difficult situation as you are healing & mending so you may continue your very special work. My prayers are with you.

  5. May a hedge of protection surround you, and may the Angels encamp around you!
    You will be in my prayers!
    WAKANTANKA-YAWASTE!!!!!!
    Deborah

  6. Dear Father Steve, I am sorry to hear of your current health struggles, but with all of us praying for you, I am sure you will feel surrounded by love, and with faith, you will undergo the healing journey. I keep you and the school in my prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you. Angelika

  7. Father Steve, Maybe I represent many small donors who for some reason find St.Joseph’s dear to our hearts. I have always been struck by the sincerity of your communications. Thank you. May you be blessed with comfort and healing during this difficult time. You know,…ALL WILL BE WELL. God bless you. Sig

  8. Dear Father Steve, We are saddened to hear of your health problems and are praying for you. As we constantly try to remember…TAKE ONLY ONE DAY AT A TIME and LEAVE THE REST TO GOD.
    Thank you for all you do for St. Joseph’s. God Bless You. Marcia

  9. Dear Father Steve,
    I have been a small contributor to St. Joseph’s for several years and I am so saddened to hear of your cancer diagnosis. Please know that you and your doctors/nurses are in my prayers of healing each day. May God hold and keep you close during this time of therapy. With the prayers of the children at St. Joseph’s God will surely be close.
    God bless and keep you,
    Joanne

  10. Blessings to you, Fr. Steve, for peace, healing and strength during this time of illness. Our God of Love is with you in the mess.

    Peace ~ Linda

  11. HI FATHER,

    YOU TOLD US OF YOUR ILLNESS, AND WE ARE SO SORRY
    TO HEAR OF THIS. WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU, OFFER OUR
    MASSES AND COMMUNION. THIS WILL BRING YOU CLOSER TO
    GOD AND GIVE YOU SPRITUAL STRENGTH TO FIGHT OFF
    THIS TERRIBLE ILLNESS. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW YOU
    FEEL. WE HAVE BEEN THEIR. I WILL THINK OF YOU DAILY
    AS I ALWAYS HAVE BUT WITH MUCH MORE PRAYER AND
    FASTING.

    LOVE AND PRAYERS,

    TOM & MARY

  12. Fr. Steve, Please read this verse and do what it says. God Bless you as you are restored to good health!

    Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. James 5:14-15 (NASB)

  13. Wishing you a strong mind and the true faith you already have.May your thoughts remain poitive and happy Peace be with you!

  14. FR.STEVE, AFTER RECIEVING YOUR LETTER,NUMBNESS CAME OVER ME.TO CLOSE TO HOME.RECENTLY LOSEING MY FATHER IN SEPT TO CANCER IN “09”. FROM MY HEART AND FAMILY TO YOU! ” THE TRUE ANSWER TO A HAPPY LIFE IS”, ‘PRAYERS’ FROM LOVED ONES WHO CARE.. AND THAT YOU HAVE ALOT OF!!! GOD BLESS….

  15. DEAR, FATHER STEVE.”CANTE WASTE NAPE CIYUZAPO”.. IT WAS AN HONOR TO LEARN MY FATHER WAS MADE HONARY CHIEF, BECAUSE OF HIS CARING,AND GIVING SUPPORT FOR OVER 40 YEARS TO SAINT JOSEPHS INDIAN SCHOOL. FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS,YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS.PRAYERS WILL BE DEVOTED IN YOU NAME DAILY!! YOU’VE TOUCHED MANY HEARTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.NOW IT’S OUR TURN TO TOUCH YOURS… MAY THE SUN RAISE WHEN YOU WAKE,AND THE MOON REST WHEN YOU SLEEP.MAY YOU CONTINUE TO TOUCH THE MANY LIVES FOR MANY YEARS TO COME! GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Hi Steve This is Lois I’m so sorry that you have cancer. Please get well soon. My heart and prays go out to you. From Lois Vella

  17. Hi Father sorry to hear your in the same
    boat I am in with the cancer though mine mite take my eyes and the other in my sink
    but I know there will be a cure soon .I
    am trying to talk to my grand mother to let you and the staff know if you need to have a meal ready for me in new orleans when you come in march on the 15 I hope I can do not know yet I all so mite have to change meds my hiv is changeing mite need some new meds I am hope full not to change though if I have to just to stay here longer to help others out I will do it just to bring joy to others

  18. Father Steve,

    I commend you and celebrate the work you do with the children at St. Joseph’s. I am retired but wish I had found you earlier so I could have done more. I help when I can, and despair that you are ill, but I am confident you will beat this insidious disease and continue your good works.

  19. Father Steve,
    There is always much hope, in Christ all things are possible. God provides a way in unlooked for places. For natural solutions to not only your health problems, but many simpler health problems that may affect others on your staff and the children you work with, check out this man’s life work on nutrition and disease. http://www.donsbachfoundation.org/
    Philippians 3: and 4:1; 1Peter 5:1-10
    Yours in Christ,
    Eric B.

  20. My heart ached when I read of your diagnosis. But with the power of prayer, and there are so very many praying for you, this will be overcome. God bless.

  21. Father Steve,

    I was saddened to hear about your diagnosis of Cancer. As a Cancer survivor, I know full well what awaits you with chemo, radiation, and surgery and pray that God gives you the strength to see you through this life test. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I know God will see you through to a positive outcome.

  22. Padre,
    Your strenth will be utilized through GOD. You are an awesome person who gives without reciprocal endevors. You sir are a saint and will work with people to teach the love of the lord. My prayers and salutations are with you. Remember we are never alone in our hour of need.
    Brother Mitch

  23. In the name of Jesus Christ we petition Abba our Father for your full recovery and return to the vocation you love.

  24. Dear Father Steve, What Cancer Cannot Take From You…. It cannot take away you FAITH—-shatter your HOPE—-or lesson your LOVE. It connot destroy true FRIENDSHIP—-invade the SOUL—-or take away ETERNAL LIFE—-it cannot conquer your SPIRIT….. God Bless You Fr. Steve… You are in my prayers. Your Friend, Lynn

  25. Dear Father Steve, What Cancer Cannot Take From You…. It cannot take away you FAITH—-shatter your HOPE—-or lesson your LOVE. It cannot destroy true FRIENDSHIP—-invade the SOUL—-or take away ETERNAL LIFE—-it cannot conquer your SPIRIT….. God Bless You Fr. Steve… You are in my prayers. Your Friend, Lynn

  26. Dearest father Steve, How do I tell you what I feel? I am going to put you on my church prayer site. I wanted you to know how much it meant to me when you sent that personal letter after my husband died in Sept. of 2009. I will pray for you to be healed and to be protected from all harm from the treatments you will have. God knows you are a good person. Thank you again for all of the prayers you sent to me and my family. Take care.

  27. Hello Fr. Steve, We can not let you go on yet so please keep up the good fight. You are such an inspiration to all that know you and to those yet to meet you. Our Indian loved ones are so blessed to have you and I pray for you each day. I feel God directed me to your school as one of my monthly charities. My sincere love and faith from Kansas. God Bless You!

  28. Dear Fr. Steve, I will keep you in my prayers. I know God will help you. I hope some day to visit you at ST Joseph’s. When that happens I know that you will be there to greet me. please take care. May God Bless you always.

  29. Dear Father Steve,
    Know that you have our prayers always. The work you have been called to do will not slow that much as others take on more to be of service to God and to you.

    Again we send out prayers

  30. My prayers are with Father Steve as he fights this battle. I have had cancer in my family, and I know that patients need a lot of moral support, encouragement, and prayers.

    You have them all, from me, and so many others.

  31. Fr. Steve;
    Our prayers are with you. I make rosaries for people who need and want them, and Tom and I pray the rosary every morning and evening; we will remember you in our rosary prayers. You are a blessing to St. Joseph’s Indian School, and to everyone whose path you cross!
    God bless you,
    Fran & Tom Plausky in Massachusetts

  32. Father Steve,My Thougts and prayers are with you.I also wanted to update you on my husband Lauren’s situation. He had his chemoembolization this morning. He came through the surgery just fine and is home now resting. I hope things are going well for you also. Sincerely,Gina Tonne

  33. Fr. Steve,
    We attended the presentation on Saturday, 6 Feb. in Naples, FL and really enjoyed the time with your staff and especially with Kelsey and Erin. Those two young women were great representatives of St. Joseph’s. We hope that the trip was successful for the school and staff and you remain in our prayers.
    Kind regards, Paul & Charlotte Cornelius

  34. Father Steve,
    Our love and prayers are with you through this time of trial and pain. We know that the Lord is not ready to take you home yet, you are too young and there are many children to be saved. You are a gentle sweet person who these kids need and love. That is obvious by the notes they leave for you. When we saw you in Columbia SC we felt so blessed to meet you and the boys and had the opportuntiy to sit with Chris the house
    dad. That was a dream come true.
    May the good Lord Bless and Keep you Always.
    Prayers,
    Dona and Jim Howland

  35. Father Steve,

    You are in out thoughts and prayers as you fight this battle. You have been so good to the children and people of St. Joseph we cannot believe that God will not see you through this difficult time. We have also asked our pastor Father Jim to include you in his prayers as well. Know that you are loved and needed by so many as you keep up the fight. May God bless you and watch over you even more in your time of need.

    Mark and Jeanne Showers
    Alton, IL

  36. Fr. Steve,
    I again want you to know that I am in awe of you and your staff’s good works. Always keeping the children first in your thoughts, prayers and deeds. You are a shining example to us all.
    Sue Kleck

  37. I am praying for you Father Steve. I will also be praying for all the people who love you so much. It’s the prayers of friends and strangers that has helped to sustain me as I grieve over losing my husband of 44 years last September. May God Bless you and all those dear to you.

  38. Fr. Steve,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing this news with me. I know your strength in God and the love of many will help you get through this trying time. May the beauty you share with the children of St. Joe’s surround you.
    Donna

  39. Fr. Steve,

    I was deeply saddened to learn of your cancer. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers daily as are the children of St. Josephs. I know our Lord is watching over you.

    Peace to you,

    Janie Dennis
    Ranburne, AL

  40. Dear Fr. Steve,

    “For God NOTHING is impossible.” We believe that there are so many more things that need to be accomplished and you are the vessel that God will/has used. You have done so much for St. Joseph’s Indian School and there is much more to do. God chose you to be it’s leader and bring stabilization in the lives of the children He has entrusted to your care!

    We know that He is still on the throne and we will continue “to go by faith and not by sight”.

    Our prayers for healing are with you.

  41. Dear Father Steve:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. My best friend was diagnosed with Lipo Scarcoma 4 years ago and under-went with intensive chemotherapy for six months. She is still fighting the good fight and I pray every day for her. Now I will add you to my prayers.

    God bless you and the good work you do for the children. Pray for us as well.

    Linda Noone

  42. Dear Father Steve,

    Today I found your WebSite where you post so many thoughtful messages. Thank you – even when so sick – your thoughts help others. The posting that included this thought: “Small things done for God are what are most beautiful and important” – will be a prayer message I will send to some friends – friends who can give little but who spread God’s love throughout the years.

    Father Steve, God will heal you in His time. Don’t apologize to us when your energy is so low! Let our love surround you at that time – and ask any of those who love you – and there are so many – to help out with the needs of your beloved children. You could ask one of us to write a special child who needs encouragement, buy an item a child needs, an item for one of your wonderful staff, and so on. When you are tired and resting, make notes and then ask a staff member to email a friend for you. All of us who live far away want to help – but we need direction. You are such a special messenger from God – and you need to scream out for help. We will hear you!

    With love and prayers,
    Kathy Schneidermeyer

    p.s. Is there a book you would recommend that tells the story of the Lakota tribe, childre, etc.?

    1. Kathy,

      You are going in the right direction with your prayers and words of encouragement! To answer your question, I think you’ll find our Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center’s shopping center (http://shopping.aktalakota.org/) very helpful. You’ll find useful and interesting information about the Lakota (Sioux) people. Of course, we also feature unique, handcrafted items from local Native American artists … enjoy!

  43. Dear Fr. Steve,
    My prayers are with you and those who depend on you. Thank you for all you do here on earth. If we find joy,hope and faith in each momement good and bad we are blessed by the Greatest Spirit of all our God. May God bless you and keep you in his hands may his angels comfort you, and his healing powers remove your cancer. With Kindest Regards,
    Deana Fountain

  44. Our Very Dear Friend,
    We have know of you and your work for only a very short time..but it didn’t take long for us to love you.
    I am reminde of the little girl,who came home from CCD and told her mom that she was tired of always singing about “The Crosseyed Bear” at CCD….So her mother ssked the CCd teacher what on earth the child meant..and the CCD teacher laughed and explained, “Oh..We sing, “Gladly, Thee Cross I’d Bear..”!..And I suppose we all have one of those bears around…
    Nobody promisedf us a rose garden, but I have no wise words…I wish I did..just know that we love you..
    pray for you..and hold you in our hearts..Forever..
    Mia And Bob

  45. Dear Fr. Steve.

    I’m so proud to be a member of your extentended family, I keep you in my prayers each day, Will be saying the special prayer that you sent for healing. God Bless you and keep you in his loving arms.
    I’m sure each day will find you stronger,

  46. Dear Fr.Steve:
    I think of you everyday and pray for you. I know these treatments aren’t good, But if they help it’s so worth it. I know God is looking down on you everyday and is healing you. I pray That God will continue to surround you with all his Angels and guide and strenghen you as you travel down this path. God’s blessing
    Carol B

  47. Dear Father Steve
    I am so dreadfully sorry to learn of your diagnosis, and will keep you in my prayers that God will give you a complete recovery. There is hardly anyone whose life has not been touched by cancer, and there are many success stories. When my husband was having chemo treatments, we were told that it was a good sign if he lost his hair, as that would indicate that the drugs were working. Sadly, for him, it was not to be, and he died 14 years ago. Since then I know there have been many advances in treatment. Please take care of yourself, follow doctors’ orders, get plenty of rest and maintain good nutrition.
    You are very lucky to have so many dedicated people to storm heaven with their prayers.

  48. Dear Father Steve,

    Since it’s said that laughter is the best medicine, I thought I’d send you a joke.

    A husband and wife had a running disagreement over who should make the coffee every morning. He thought she, as the woman of the house, should make it. She thought that since he’s an early riser he should make it. This went on until finally one morning she said “the Bible even says it’s your job to make the coffee”. “That’s not in the Bible”, he said. “Yes, it is” she said. Opening the Bible up to a certain section, she said “Look!” and pointed to where at the top of every page it said “HE BREWS”.

  49. Fr. Steve
    My family and I are praying for you brother.
    I know you will tough it out and pull through
    this . Thanks for all you do.

  50. Father Steve,

    How sorry I was to learn of your bump in the road with cancer. It is frightening at first to hear but with the prayers of friends, loved ones and your trust in the Lord will see you throught this of what God is asking of you. At this time of Lent as Our Lord struggled with uncertainties, you are are experiencing anxious thoughts and concerns. Your faith and trust will be there with Him at your side. My prayers are with you. Antoinette

  51. Dear Father Steve,
    I got you note in the mail today in regards to your cancer I will keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery. You serve a great purpose at St. Joseph’s and I believe you have more to do so keep the faith as I know you will, and I will stop whining about how bad things are in my life. Loving wishes for the best for you and the children at St. Josephs.

  52. Dear Father Steve –

    I can’t imagine how scared you must feel with this diagnosis. But as you know, God is Able! And you were made to be victorious and to give Him glory, as we all are. May His grace and blessing keep you strong and give you patience to endure.

    You and your family are in my prayers : )

    God Bless You,

    Susan

  53. Father Steve
    I love to watch little kids learn sacred things and draw close to their creator. To sacrifice things for our God never goes unnoticed or unrewarded. The bible says one must endure to the end, and sometimes that can seem forever and at times it goes so fast. Keep that great attitude and never lose sight of the assurance we have to spend eternity with our father in heaven, no matter how tough times get. Trails and Test are good preparation for our life beyond this temporary home.Spring is a time of renewal and appreciation for all our savior has done for us. His life has done so much to teach us as well as atone for us. He suffered that I may live and I may learn how to deal with the pressures from this life I live each day. He is not only a great leader but a savior for us all. Rev.21:3-4 teaches us soon this suffering we experience will someday be no more. His words are wisdom to the soul and a refreshment to our hearts. Father Steve keep smiling, and thanks for all you do and share with us all. The Clappers!!!

  54. Dear Fr. Steve,
    Boy, can I relate to your problems. My first tripe the an ER took place last January and there I was for two weeks. I came home in February ,and was back in the hospital on the 20th of the same month. The doctor, in the ERT asked me both times if I agreed to be puyt on “something top help you breathe. I said “sure….unless you know for sure I will be able to get off of it.”. Well DUHHHHH. Everyone that knows me, knows I do not want to be kept alive by mechanical means.
    I had to medically retire from my job, at a local – (with men and women who have thhe disease of addiction: VA, which I had done for 22 1/2 years. I knew they would, hopefully, get the same care that I had always tried to give them, and hope that they cvoukld put their sick bodies and minds in to a healthier positior. So, now I am home, trying to keep busy – reading, watching the idiot box, and playing games on the compter- which helps me keeo me memory intact (at least).
    Now as to why I wanted to write to you in the first place….. I don’t have money to be able to send regularly. However, have you ever heard about groceries from General Mills products, having stamps, and give you points, with which you caan obtain goods? I know some of the schools in this area, do this as a way to get materials they need. They are usually found on the top or bottom of the box. If you would like for me to start sending ones that I run across, I will be glad to do so.
    Will look forward to hearing from you, and keep you in my prayers.
    Peace……..Kris Monhollen

  55. Dear Father, May God Bless you, heal you & keep you always safe in the palm of His hand. You are in my prayers every day as are the staff & the children.

  56. Father Steve, I was so saddened to learn that you have cancer. Keep your spirits up, and with God’s help you will survive. You will be in my prayers daily.

    1. Dear Ff. Steve I received your touching letter not long ago. I will pray for your speedy recovery, and will burn my sage for you.( I am part Comanche)I have been a supporter for many years, from California, Oregon, and now Georgia.May God bless you, your family, and ALL the children at St. Josepd’s Indian School. WOTEHELA…..Gene Quietwalker

  57. Dear Father Steve,
    You are in my prayers, I too, am a cancer survivor. My heart is with you. Knowing how you feel, knowing that all things will work out for those who love the Lord. It can be an amazing journey. The compassion I have seen and felt and shared has given life a new meaning. These are the things I pray for you. Your work with the Lakota children amazes me and intrigues me. I often wish I could come and help you and the children. Many blessings to you as you travel this road. This will draw you closer to the Father. Take care………SM

  58. I just received word of your condition. You are in my prayers, and I will include you in our prayers at St. Dominic Mission at Koontz Lake as well. You are blessed and have been a blessing to all who’ve met you.

  59. Dear Father Steve,

    I`m sending you this message from germany where I live. I wish to say Thank you for your work you do with the kids of St. Joseph.
    You must be their hope…

    Wir beten für Sie und Ihre Arbeit
    We pray for you and your work…
    In christo
    Martina Fuchs

  60. Dear Father Steve,

    When I read of your recent diagnosis, I wanted to share a miraculous success story with you. The priest at our parish was diagnosed with several cancers in the fall of 2008. In November 2009, he sent parishioners a letter beginning with this paragraph:

    “The surgeries and treatments have been completed and there are no signs of the cancer that so surprisingly appeared in my colon, liver, lymph nodes, and lungs one year ago. I consider the whole healing process miraculous and I thank God for freeing me of the cancer that has afflicted me.”

    Not only was our priest cured, he continued to serve the parish saying mass almost every week–the only exceptions were when he was undergoing surgery. He had, I think, four surgeries. While undergoing treatment, he often told us how unbelievably well he was feeling. He bounced back from treatment quite quickly.

    Like you, he emphasized exercise right from the start. Often, early in his treatment, he walked several miles daily. We are truly blessed to have this holy and wonderful man restored to us. He is thriving, and our parish continues to rejoice as we thank God for his cure.

    I will pray for you knowing that God is taking care of you.

  61. Dear Father Steve – We just today received the letter explaining about your being diagnosed with cancer and were so dreadfully sorry to hear of this sad news. However, God knows of all the good works you have accomplished and I am sure you will be healed because Your Father in Heaven will want you to continue helping all the children. We will continue to keep you in our prayers as we have throughout the years.
    God bless you and we wish you a full and complete recovery.

  62. I like the prayer you sent and am praying that for you. I pray our Lord’s will is for your recovery and to be able to continue your loving work with the students.
    Helen Winberg

  63. My late wife regularly supported St. Joseph’s, after her demise I am continuing her good deeds.
    I am Jewish, friends and members of my synagogue and I are praying for your recovery.
    Jesus was Jewish,his mother was Jewish,all of his relatives and friends were Jewish…..!!! One must never forget or deny that fact!
    Get well brother Stephen the children need you.
    Best regards and best wishes
    Daniel Rosenthal MD FACS

  64. Fr. Steve, my family wishes you the best, and will pray for you… I have a close friend that has been battling cancer for more than 3 years now. Recently her cancer extendeded to the bones. I will use the prayer you sent, and pray for her too… She is now literally in the hands of God.
    God bless you for your work with the Lakota children

  65. Dear Father Steve,

    You are in my thoughts and my prayers. I was extremely saddened to read your last letter but have no doubt that you will be soon fine and well. The children need you too much and so do we.
    My mother and husband were diagnosed with cancer a few years ago (respectively intestinal cancer and liver cancer). They are both healthly now and living normal lives.
    When my uncle was admitted to the hospital for stomach and liver cancer, the doctors told his wife that he would never be back home again and leave the facility. He has been fine for the last three years and was, today, changing himself the radiators of the home he was never suppose to see again.

    With today’s medical care and today’s scientific progress, with rest and hope and the mental strengh that you have, I know that you will be cured and healthy very soon. I have no doubt that you will take care of your school for many, many, many years. May God bless you.

    Sincerely,

    valerie

  66. Dear Fr. Steve,

    I too, have been a small contributor for St. Joseph’s Indian School and am saddened by your diagnosis. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all”
    Psalm 34:19 KJV

    Love in Christ,

    Dee Born
    North Pole, Alaska

  67. Dar Father Steve,

    You have been added to the prayer chain at St. Philomena Church in Monticello, Illinois. I am sure that it will be a benefit for you. I hope that you will slowly but surely heal and be ready to continue your great work at St. Joseph’s. God bless you.
    Janet Nevling

  68. Dearest Ft Steve, I am so thankful that we had met when you and the others were in St. petersburg Fl last year. You are in my prayers day & night. May The Lord Bless You Keep You in His Tender Loving Care and touch you and heal you very soon. God Bless you Father. In Christian Love, NITA MarieSchreiber

  69. Father Steve: Today I petitioned St. Jude’s Mational Shrine to include you in their prayers for cancer patients as they do on the first Wednesday of each month. I will join them on your behalf as well as all cancer patients.

  70. Father Steve: Today I petitioned St. Jude’s Mational Shrine to include you in their prayers for cancer patients as they do on the first Wednesday of each month. I will join them on your behalf as well as all cancer patients.
    God’s blessing on you.

    Frances Nelson

  71. Hi, Fr. Steve:
    It has been a few days since I’ve said “howdy from Texas.” My prayers are always with you in your healing. I pray for your strength and faith and that you feel the arms of our loving Father each and every day. Also I pray that the Lakota children know how very much you love them and how you have dedicated your strength and effort in their behalf. They are very fortunate to have you.

    All my best prayers for your recovery.

    Iris Harrell

  72. Dear Father Steve I was saddened to read your letter revealing you have cancer. I too, am a cancer survivor. I pray you will tolerate your treatments well and believe that with your faith in God and the support of all your friends and the children at St.Joseph’s, you will have success.
    I have only been a supporter of your school for a few years now and I am not a Catholic, but I live near a wealthy indian reservation. It pains me to know what they have, when their brethren out west are so impoverished. This is why I help support the children of your school.
    Be open to God and let the caring of those around you nurture you and give you strength. Peace be with you. schoolschool.

  73. I am sorry to hear that you have cancer. My mom just had her last chemo treatment in December and she is steadily getting healthier as the days go by. I will pray for both of you to get better!

    Regards,
    Ricardo Delgadillo

  74. Thinking of you during this journey of yours. May God’s graces and blessings continue to sustain you. We wish you healing and strength and the continued support of all those dear to you!

  75. Father,

    we continue to pray for you everyday..remember Romans 8:28..God will take you through this valley..

    God Bless..Joe

  76. Father Steve, you have been such a wonderful blessing for all the children and all of us who love them and you. When I had a breast biopsy in l999, it was a scary time, but before my surgery, God told me everything would be OK. Even though the tumor was malignant, I knew everything would be fine, as I had His word. Since then, my experience has helped many people who have had to go through the same thing.
    I think that God may be giving you the same opportunity that he gave me. You will be able to be a more wonderful blessing, to even more people. My prayers are with you. God bless.

  77. Dear Fr. Steve

    God bless you for all your hard work.
    I wish you a fast recovery.

    With warm regards,

    From Maryland,

    Carmela

  78. Dear Fr. Steve:

    Just another “hello” from Dallas, Tx. I’m still praying for you daily and I know that you are healing in the good medical care which you are receiving and dwelling in the loving prayers that are being said in your behalf. Each day please picture in your mind all of us beseaching our Lord for your restoration to health.

    All my love and best wishes,
    Iris Harrell

  79. Dear Father Steve, I pray for you daily. I live with cancer,13 years already, thanks to the Good Lord His blessed Mother and all the people who pray for me. I have a friend that had cancer, she told me not to pray for her! I was taken aback. She said, “pray for the people who don’t know they have it!”

  80. Dear Fr. Steve, My Friend Carol and I were out there this past summer to visit the school and you were kind enough to take us on a tour..What a wonderful place and such a great job being done..I was so sorry to hear about your health problem….Hang in there, you are too valuable a person for anything to happen…our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time..Maybe the raditation is the best way to go instead of chemo…Hugs to a great Man, Judy Maloney Leesburg, Virginia

  81. Father Steve,
    We send our love and our prayers to you during this time of trial in your life. We know that the Good Lord still has work for you to do here on this earth, so this illness is just a bit of bump in the road.
    Each day we pray for your health to return and have been uplifted by your daily messages. Let us pray that this radiation does the good is should and does not leave you without strength and allows you to return to your loving family. You are a very
    special person.
    With love and prayers, In His Name,
    Dona and Jim

  82. Hello Father Steve…

    First Timer here on St Joseph’s Indian School Website although I have been receiving your letters for quite some time…

    I was really taken back to learn of your Illness and your description of the Cancer….So much that I did some investigation into it since one of dogs (Lab/Cocker) has a couple of lipomas on his body….And my Vet then added more insight to what I had already learned…

    I pray that your discovery came at the earliest time possible and that your Treatments will be beneficial without too much discomfort to you…

    I too am a Cancer Survivor (Melanoma ’98) and I’ve lost a wife (Colon Cancer) and a mother (Lymphoma) so I can certainly relate to what you are having to endure…

    Being that you are a Man of the Cloth who is much closer to God than most men/women I guess the only thing one can say is as one departed friend/attorney said to me….”Hugh…Just offer it up to the Lord”…

    God does work in mysterious ways and his powers are undoubtedly profound by various testimonies of others who have walked the same path you are presently on….

    Judging by all the good work you have done for the Lakota Children I have to believe that God still has lots more for you to do…

    I believe that WE all carry the Cancer Gene and it is our immune system that either overcomes it or is oversome itself…

    So as you fight through this illness I hope you will be given the proper side medication to help you overcome the effects of your Chemo…AND that you will see to it that your Immune System is rebuilt as quickly as possible…

    God Bless you Father…And yes Please do keep all of us posted on your revovery!

    Smile!!!

    Hugh
    Spring Hill, Florida

  83. Hi, Fr. Steve:

    Just a quick word to say “Hi” and send you all my love and prayers for your treatment and healing. We just had 4.5 in. of beautiful snow at my home in Dallas. Many of the areas north of me had up to 10 in. It was amazing for this time of year. I’m also sending a reminder of my constant and daily prayers for you, your co-workers and the children during this time of stress in your life. May God bring a miracle to you and to the children at St. Joe’s.

    Love from a very old woman in Texas who has weathered many storms during 8 decades,
    Iris Harrell

  84. Our prayers are with you.God will care for you. I admire your care of the Indian children. I contribute when I can. Holy Spirt will watch over you. Thank you for all that you do.

  85. Our prayers go out to you. Went through the same treatment about 10 years ago and all is well. Our very best wishes tyo you.

  86. Dear Fr. Steve:
    May God grant you and the children a special blessing om this beautiful Easter Sunday morning. May you be filled with the joy of His love and the patience to endure the treatment for your illness. You and the children are in my prayers every day.
    All my love and special prayers,
    Iris Harrell

  87. Dear Dr. Steve,

    I was raised a Christian, had a personal relationship with God, felt at one with nature, have searched for more, learned to meditate as a teenager, became a New Age follower and found my teacher – an Indian Yogi named Yogi Amrit Desai.

    In him I have found some one who is so wise, that I feel like I am sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning how to live life.

    When you pray, you are praying to the god in yourself. In meditation we learn to implant intensions – about health or other things but you don’t want to drain your energy wishing that you are better.

    Acceptance of what is as is, “thy will be done – not mine” is telling god that you heard his prayer and accept it. Then you do not waste your energy fighting your disease, rather you leave the energy for the body to use as it will help heal itself.

    I too have faced health problems with a heart attack and several strokes. I know the feeling of my enery draining out and having to replenish it. Be kind to your self, you do not have to do anything, just sit and BE. Remember we are not human doings, we were put here to be human beings.

    In Deepack Chopras book Quantum Healing he says, “If I find a green meadow splashed with dasies and sit down by a clear running brook. I have found medicine. It soothes my hurts as well as when I sat on my mothers lap in infancy, because the Earth really is my mother, and the green meadow is her lap.” In this place the internal rhythm of our bodies listens to the same ocean tides that cradled us in a time beyond memory – for we are in the lap of god,(the Indian way with nature).

    If you are dealing with cancer then you have to read Suzanne somers book KNOCKOUT!
    In it she reviews that a lot of the traditional – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation do not work very well. She tells you of doctors in the US who are having sucess treating cancer differently, how to prevent from getting cancer and even if you go the traditional route, what to do to support your body.

    So I see you well on your journey.
    As some day you will return to god.

    John Weglo
    Earthwalker

  88. Dear Fr. Steve,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at school may God bless and heal you!

  89. I am sending my best wishes and prayers for your recovery. Every
    time I read about the backgrounds of your students and their
    accomplishments, I send a virtual high-five to them, you, and your dedicated staff.

  90. Dedicating your life to the protection and wellbeing of children reguires Courgage and Honor. Thank you for having the courgage to do it and for being a man of honor

    “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them”
    Richard Evans

  91. As a person who is permanently disabled due to various diseases, I know the struggle that you are going through. I have done Pastoral duties, even in a wheelchair with oxygen. I will remember you, and all of those currently doing “your job” while you struggle against this powerful disease. May God bring his healing power upon you.

  92. Dear Fr. Steve:

    You have been in our prayers since we received the news of your Cancer. I am a Cancer survior (breast) for 10 yrs. but now we are suffering the knowledge that our oldest daugher is suffering with corectal cancer and is under going treatment at Sloan Kettering Hosp. It is a most stressful time and each day when I recite the prayer that was sent in your letter I say my daughter and Fr. Steve. Them instead of him and their instead of him, I hope you don”t mind sharing your prayer with my daughter Marguerits who is a hospice nurse and also very missed in St. Clare’s parish where she cooked for the priest. Keep her in your prayers Father and I will continue to pray for you until you are healed.

    God Bless You.
    Carmela & Joseph
    Staten Island, NY

  93. Fr Steve

    I’m leaving this message for you for a parishioner from St Jerome in Scottville, MI. Margaret Dongvillo sends you her love and best wishes.

  94. Dearest Father Steve,

    I am a breast cancer survivor of almost 16 years and thru my journey I learned to keep a positive attitude, do everything the doctor ordered, pray to our dear Lord to allow me to live long enough to raise our two children (which he has and then some…) and to accept that the Lord’s will be done. We may be needed in Heaven sooner than we plan. May God continue to bless you and all that you do so unselfishly. With best wishes and sincere prayers,

    Sue Dessain
    Dunnellon, Florida

  95. Dear father Steve,
    Please accept our best wishes for a speedy recovery. Ray is a Multple Myeloma patient at here (Mass.)Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    since 2000. God will help you Iam sure since
    Native Americans need advocates like you.
    Get well soon.
    Ray & Jean

  96. Hello FR Steve, It is good to know you are well and looking after your staff and the children on campus. I hope and pray you continue to do well.

    Best Wishes,

    Deanna Cook

  97. Dear Father Steve,

    My thoughts have been with you ever since I learned of your diagnosis. My prayers are with you too. Thank you so much for all that you have done for these children, and in turn, the world. May God bless you every day with hope and peace and love. No matter what happens, you must know that you have made a difference. I wish you many more days of journaling your way through. And then some! X0

  98. Fr. Steve–

    I was just checking in to see how you are doing. The news is wonderful! You will remain on my prayer list until you are back in full stride. God is good!

    Mary Beth

  99. My prayers are with you and the children. May God hold you close, help you continue with your good work on earth and inspire others to do the same

    A friend in Texas

  100. Dearest Father Steve:
    GOD is good, and GOD has BLESSED US;and is BLESSING US, with your so needed teachings and caring for the children there. What more could anyone ask for, when they have LOVE and a Stable Foundation, as with you, and your rein of steadfast LOVE and Goodness for others. Our Heavenly Father still has so much for YOU to do, in His purpose for YOU here on earth. YOU ARE NEEDED!
    and LOVED.

    You are in my PRAYERS at all times, and I am so glad that you are doing better, as the up-dates sound. I do ask that WE are kept up-dated, as WE,(so many) CARE for, and, about YOU.–WE ARE BLESSED, WITH YOUR PRESENCE, here on this earth. I ask that
    GOD HEAL,and, BLESS YOU’-
    Cynthia MILLER’-Skaggs

  101. Greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world!! GOD STILL HEALS!!Fr Steve how you have touched my life seeing your Christ like love for those beautiful children!What a blessing you are. I know God is smiling down on you!!!!

  102. Dear Fr. Steve,

    I haven’t checked your blog for a few months (obviously!), but I must say I’m glad all the news is good news. One recommendation, though, while you finish your healing: TAKE A MUCH NEEDED & HIGHLY DESERVED VACATION!! Just a friendly suggestion from a donating friend to a good Man. Much healing prayer, JOSEPH

  103. Dear Father Steve…checked your blog today and am so grateful to God that Mayo has given you good news and you are recovering well. Will keep praying for you as always, and for all the children and staff at St. Joseph’s:) with much love, Georgann Brophy

  104. Dear Father Steve,

    I have been trying to find an update on your health and I have not found one. I too was diagnosed with cancer last November, but I am doing very well now after two major surgeries. I have been praying for you and St. Joseph’s Indian School for many years now. Due to my own health I have been unable to send any donations. I owe many bills and I had no insurance, but you will always be in my prayers. Please let me know where I can go to find an update on your health. Thank you and may God be with you.

    Mary Bryant

  105. Dear Father,
    Time has gone by, one gets busy, but I try not to forget to pray for all those who request it.
    Iknow that when at mass, I say: Dear Lord please help and bless those I have promised to pray for and those who need it. He knows.
    I have not followed your blog (basically not terribly computer savy) but I pray for you,
    Blanche Hunnewell

  106. Is Friar Steve still struggling with cancer? Met once, and alawys patron long time ago of St. Joseph Mission School back in the 1970s and 1980s. How many shcools do you have for the children now and are they all located in the South Dakata area?I know you need private donations and will soon make one on behalf of memorial for my brother, Joseph Novellino. A body named John was brought to you that is a relation, but do not know what last name he was admitted as student. If you can help would appreciate it as to where he is, he was brought to you just in the past few months, and is about 9 to 10 years old.

  107. Dear Father Steve,

    I have been thinking of you and praying for you since the news of your cancer came. I hope that you are making good progress in beating it. Your work at St. Joseph’s is very important. Please be assured that you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. May be Christ Child bless you.

  108. Fr. Steve, SCJ:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this your burden of living with cancer. Your school and the ministries of your order are also in my prayers. My best friend was Fr. Joseph Poirer, SCJ he has passed several years ago, but he was also miistering on the reservations. Did you know him? He too is in my daily prayers.

    His Grace, The Most Reverend Archbishop (Emeritus)PATRICK D. CRONK, OSB

  109. Hello Father Huffstetter,

    I am not a Catholic anymore. I lost my faith while experiencing the horrors of the Vietnam War. But I still care about all native Americans. My wife and I will be making a significant (for us!) contribution to your program. We think you and the staff of Saint Joseph’s School are dedicated and caring people. We are truly sorry to learn of your severe illness. We hope you will find it possible to bear up under this new challenge for you, and that you will be able to deal with it with grace and peace.

    Death is always lurking just around the corner for any human being. All any of us can do is to try our best to make our time on Planet Earth meaningful. You have surely been doing that! So you should have no regrets, and no worries. The future’s not ours to see — but your past surely has made your life a meaningful one. I reckon that if there really is some sort of hereafter, you will be happy there. If there isn’t, you should be happy that your life has been well spent.

    Kindest wishes,

    James H. Dautremont

  110. Dear Father Steve,
    We read about you on the internet. (We also have a
    Father Steve in our parish………….Scared me; but I still can imagine what you are going through. My husband and I pray the rosary every night; and you will be included in our intentions……………May the good Lord be with you, and our prayers are with you daily.
    From past experience of my own I found out that prayers are the only cure for cancer; at least on my part, and I am sure on yours too.
    You take care Father, and remember all the prayers everyone has included you in…………..

    May the Good Lord watch over you and heal you.

    God Bless you.
    Sheila & Ron Zarobinski
    Paint Bank, Va.

  111. This the first I had known about
    Fr. Steve’s cancer diagnosis. I pray
    God will bless him with a cure so that he can
    Continue his work with the Lakota people.
    He sounds like a very special person with
    a loving and generous heart. He has my
    Prayers and blessings.
    Eileen Thomas

    1. Inappropriate behavior toward our children – be it physical, mental, emotional, cultural or otherwise – is unequivocally not tolerated. We have a zero-tolerance policy throughout our programs, and we enforce it strictly.

      Our job is to protect the children entrusted to us by families in need. Our job is to provide these precious children with lessons designed to help them embrace their proud culture while reaching for the stars that lie ahead for them.

      Pilamaya – thank you and God bless!

  112. Dear Father Steve,
    I have been a friend of St. Joseph’s since the late 80’s. I have been amazed at how much your dedication and the school’s have done for Native American children. I will continue to pray for you and the school as you have done for me the past 30 years. I love that technology has brought us closer together and I now can see all your all smiling faces online. Nice to know that you are still living to the fullest.

    Philippians 1:3 I thank my God for every remembrance of you

    Keep your chin up,

  113. Dear Father Steve,

    I remember religion classes on wednesday’s at All Saints Catholic Church when we all used to just call you “Huff”. I always looked forward to seeing you and singing songs while you played the gutiar. That was years ago but sometimes it seems not that long ago. You probably never knew how much I loved those classes because of you and your way of making learning fun. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tiff

  114. I found it profound and scary that I received literature, i have been trying to do my ancestry, low and behold there is american indian in the background but of course, no one will talk about it and records are hard to follow, then i get this is in the mail….wow,,,,,and going to donate, but would love to be able to actually talk with someone, others (from northern maine) have said i am a healer but need to talk to someone…..

  115. Dear Fr. Steve: I will never have the opportunity to meet you and say thank you for the wonderful work you do. In one of my Fr. Charlie’s homiles he said….Why do some people have to suffer so much? (a question I ask myself alll the time).. He replied that through this suffering we glorify God. You assuredly do. Please pray for my youngest son whose cancer has returned. Through the tragedies in my life (am 80) my faith has been the one thing I can cling to. Hold on tightly, Father.
    God’s blessings,
    Loisann Ripley
    Elyria, Ohio.

  116. I received a mailing about St. Joseph’s which included some really nice gifts!. I was happy to send a donation, but I was happier to read on the website about the success achieved by the students. What a fantastic improvement in the graduation rate! I have a good friend, Robyn Jackson, who authored a historic novel titled “Lakota Moon.” She is well read on their history. Just wanted to extend heartfelt gratitude to you for serving these children in such a profound and loving way. God bless!

  117. How do I get off your mailing list. I have written many letters requesting to be remove, but still receiving them.
    I do not donate money to org. that give my money to China. IFYOU CAN NOT MAKE IT ON THE RESERVATION, THEN DO NOT SEND IT TO ME.

    1. Thank you for contacting us Mike!
      If you will kindly provide your complete mailing address, I will be happy to look up your information and see that you are removed.
      Your concern about items made in China is appreciated and I hope you understand this is not a decision we take lightly. We believe the children in our care deserve time to be children, playing outside and enjoying after school activities. Because such a large quantity of products is needed in a limited time frame, mass production is our only option. We have not been able to find a company in a reservation community that is able to produce the quantity we need.

      Please know also that we only work with reputable companies in China, most of which have been suppliers to us for years – one for more than fifty years. They are also very supportive, monetarily, to our cause and make direct donations for the education and welfare of the Lakota children at St. Joseph’s Indian School. With special friends like you, and supportive business partners like them, we are able to make a real difference in the lives of the Lakota children.

      1. Fr. Anthony,

        I can understand why Mike feels the way he does; I am sure there are companies, outside the reservation, in this Country, that can supply on a bulk basis.

        Also, I, personally, feel the spending could be done more wisely and more maturely. Should you need a buyer- I am available.

        It’s important to have Patriotism.

        Thank you!

  118. I just saw the CNN report on St Joseph Indian School. I will not donate another dollar. I am ashamed that this school is associated with the Catholic Church. You are giving all Catholics a bad name and many of our charities may suffer due to your lies. Shame on you!!

    1. We are proud to have helped thousands of Native American people since our beginning in 1927. We are happy that past students and staff members are making their voices heard in support of the many programs we have. We are of course disappointed in the inaccurate portrayal of what we do for so many.
      The stories we share in our mailings are absolutely true. However, in order to protect the privacy of the children, we do not use their real names in our letters to supporters. CNN’s argument rests on saying the stories are made up. We repeatedly explained this to the executive producer, but he refused to listen.
      Parents and guardians continue to bring their children to St. Joseph’s Indian School because we do good work, and we are proud to have the support of the families we work with. Regardless of your decision to donate in the future, I hope you’ll take a moment to hear our side of the story, http://www.stjo.org/cnn.

  119. Just saw the CNN story on the fraud, deception, lies, and the eggregious and horiffic misleading marketing tactics being used by St. Joseph’s Indian School. Letters with pictures of Native American Children attached; letters whose children do not exist. Shame on all of you white people at St. Joseph’s. Shame! Local Indian tribes detest what you are doing to their children as they call what you do POVERTY PORN. I was going to give a substantial financial gift to your school. Not now! NEVER! Furthermore, I will be actively encouraging others to never give either! How many of your employees are Native American? How many are WHITE? (Yes, we already know the sad answer, eh?) Have fun when you meet God face to face you hypocrites. Your “marketing and sales” people will have a lot of explaining to do IF they meet him in heaven.

    1. We are proud to have helped thousands of Native American people since our beginning in 1927. We are happy that past students and staff members are making their voices heard in support of the many programs we have. We are of course disappointed in the inaccurate portrayal of what we do for so many.
      The stories we share in our mailings are absolutely true. However, in order to protect the privacy of the children, we do not use their real names in our letters to supporters. CNN’s argument rests on saying the stories are made up. We repeatedly explained this to the executive producer, but he refused to listen.
      Parents and guardians continue to bring their children to St. Joseph’s Indian School because we do good work, and we are proud to have the support of the families we work with. Regardless of your decision to donate in the future, I hope you’ll take a moment to hear our side of the story, http://www.stjo.org/cnn.

    2. Mike you never had a dollar to your worthless name let alone to give a substantial financial gift to any one in you life. You are a fraud!

  120. Who do I contact in regards to the possibility of donating my 10 horses to St. Joes, and starting an equine psychotherapy program if one does not already exist?
    Sincerely,
    Dan Stegman
    3045 CR 320
    Bison, Ks. 67520
    Cell phone : 785-365-4939

    1. Dan,

      Thank you for your very generous offer! Starting an equine therapy program is in our strategic plan, but we are not currently prepared with staff or resources. We are investigating the opportunity and have marked the program as something to consider in the next 3-5 years.

      Thank you so very much for your generosity! We greatly appreciate people like you who actively seek to make a difference in the lives of the Lakota students in our care.

      Our best!

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