Wonders and miracles

When I went over to the office to write some letters, I expected the place to be empty, but ran into a group of high school boys doing their Sunday afternoon bible study class led by one of our houseparents Mike. While our Catholic students receive their own catechism, we provide a non-denominational instruction for our students who come to us from other traditions. There are also times we bring in elders who are able to do Lakota (Sioux) ceremonies, like a sweat inipi on the grounds of the campus.

Spirituality and faith are two strong emphases of our program.

Our area SCJs gathered tonight for supper and a time of prayer and recollection. Brother Duane Lemke is visiting us from our formation house in Chicago and led the reflection session. We reflected on our SCJ constitutions, which call us to help bear one another’s burdens. My reflection centered on how many people rallied to help me this past year while I carried the burden of cancer. The support and affirmation I’ve received and many prayers have done wonders, perhaps miracles, in helping me recover.

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 “Wonders and miracles”

  1. We’ll never stop rallying for you and the wonderful work you do. God bless you this day and always.

  2. Fr. Steve,
    You are a blessing to so many. Sometimes are mission is to bring others closer to our lord by having them pray for us!
    It is a hard thing to be the “object” of someone else s prayer!
    I am certain that he uses us this way. I hope today is blessed one for you!

  3. Dear Fr. Steve,

    So happy to hear that the prayers worked and are still working to keep you strong and well. Hope the pain in your leg is a bit better now.

    Thanks for starting Lakota Connections and for putting us on the list of members. Wish we could do a pen-pal type of thing sometime.

    Take care and God Bless,

    Nancy & Kenny

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