22 years ago today, I was ordained a priest

22 years ago today I was ordained a priest.

22 years ago today, Fr. Steve was ordained a priest.
22 years ago today, Fr. Steve was ordained a priest.

I give thanks to God for all the blessings that have come to me because of this vocation. I pray I can be a good priest set an example that helps students, staff and the many people who help make St. Joseph’s Indian School possible to feel God’s love.

Today, we held our annual Spring Sobriety Walk on a windy, yet warm and sunny spring afternoon.  The assembly began at the Rec Center and our whole student body, along with members of the student leadership group from Chamberlain High School, walked into town. Wearing matching t-shirts designed by Kianna, one of our Freshmen. The students carried banners and flags during the walk. At a designated point the Homes split off into the four directions around town and later met up at a rally point on the south end of main street. My foot and nerves held up quite well during the two-mile walk, and it felt great to be strolling and talking with the students.

When we returned to campus, everyone enjoyed a picnic supper in the pavilion. Then guest speakers addressed the students in two different age groups. They shared their own stories of recovery and hope, and encouraging our youngsters to make the right choice regarding drugs and alcohol, so they can building a brighter future for themselves and their families.

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 90 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 “22 years ago today, I was ordained a priest”

  1. 22 years! That is a wonderful accomplishment Fr Steve. The years go by so quickly. I am certain that you are a blessing to the people you have been called to serve.

  2. I hope the values they learn in that safe environment that St. Joseph’s provides stays with them through out their lives. What a great message, stay away from alcohol and drugs. They destroy so many lives.
    Stop the malicious cycle. Hope in the youth. May they excel.

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