Success begins in the heart

I doubt I’ll ever spend 18 hours straight in a confessional; but I pray I can be a humble and good priest, and help people feel both the need for conversion and the love of God.

Fr. Steve of St. Joseph's Indian School
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Feast of St. John Vianney
I doubt I’ll ever spend 18 hours straight in a confessional; but I pray I can be a humble and good priest, and help people feel both the need for conversion and the love of God. To do that I have to fully accept both those realities in my own life.

Visions for St. Joseph’s
Our management meeting dealt with a broad array of topics. Some issues are immediate like reshuffling janitorial duties, or how we’ll split our presentations to the all staff gathering next week. Other topics require long-term planning, such as adding on to the museum or starting our next strategic plan.

Four years ago our staff came together and worked out our vision for St. Joseph’s, which laid the groundwork for much of what we’re doing now. Our next plan will take us to 2017; so we’re laying out a time frame for that process now.

Celebrating birthdays with conversation
Two of my three member management team, Kory and Donna, have birthdays this week. After our meeting we went out to lunch to celebrate. It’s fun to visit with staff when you’re not just talking business and getting to know each other in a more personal way. If you’re going to have good teamwork, it’s important to build relationships.

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.

2 thoughts on “Success begins in the heart”

  1. What an outstanding and wonderful group you are at St. Josephs !
    YOU DO NOT REALIZE the outstanding job you are doing. You have NO IDEA !
    The students of St. Joseph’s are just beginning to stretch their wings..and the people who are part of the accomplishment..the staff and yourself..
    fantastic !
    The entire world will eventually feel what you are doing. Take a bow..!
    Prayers and Hugs to All of You..
    Mia and Bob

  2. I have always said that I cannot work with anyone, that I cannot be Friends with first, but I have been told that, THAT’, is not good business, that I should keep my friendships, and, my business separate. It does my heart good to hear that others’ want their working environment, to also be a Friendship environment. It truly works better for me.–
    Keep GOD in, and with all enviornments.
    Keep up the good work, and
    GOD BLESS ALL’-
    Cynthia

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