A Tradition of Love & Care

The SCJ Founder, Fr. Leo John Dehon was born March 14 in 1843. On this date last week I sent out an email note to St. Joseph’s staff thanking them for carrying on his tradition of love and caring.

Fr. Dehon used to have many short prayers during the day, before or after events in a busy life, to keep him centered. One of my favorites is always, “Jesus, make my heart like yours.” No matter how hectic life gets, we can always build such prayer and centering moments into our lives. Several staff emailed back that was a good reminder and just what they needed at the time they read and reflected upon it.

We hosted a group of education majors from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. Some were helping with classroom instruction and activities. Another was working with our special education teacher learning the ins and outs of testing and assessment. She found it helpful to test out the theories they learned in class with real, hands-on life experiences. When these students go back to school, they’ll have a fresh round of questions for their instructors as they take up the challenges of such a worthy profession.

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.

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