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
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.