Fr. Greg’s Hoší — News — for May 2022

The high school Class of 2022 in their cap and gowns.

Greetings everyone,

As we prepare ourselves for the summer months this gives cause for pause as I reflect on my very first year at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

I feel like it was just yesterday that I drove my vehicle from the hot and humid climate of Mississippi to South Dakota. I remember pulling up to the SCJ residence and to my surprise the horses, which are part of the St. Joseph’s equine therapy were right there, right in front of the house. Two of our dedicated counselors happened to be there as I arrived and introduced me to the horses. From the moment of their kind introduction of the horses, I had a feeling this was going to be a great year.

Fr. Greg with one of the Equine Therapy horses at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

This school year has been great, filled with challenges and joys and an opportunity to get to meet and get to know great people who make up our student body and our dedicated staff who work tirelessly to do their part in helping brighten the lives of our students here at St. Joseph’s Indian School. None of this is possible without the generous donations that you, our donors have provided, allowing this school to function and shine as we begin our ninety-fifth year!

Eighth grade Class of 2022.

On May 14, our seniors from our high school program graduated and on Friday, May 27, our eighth graders graduated. Our mission at St. Joseph’s is indeed to offer support for our students, walking with them on their journey each step of the way and this is possible because of your continuous support. With that being said, I have been making random phone calls to donors and will continue to do so when time allows personally thanking you for your continuous support of the mission here at St. Joseph’s.

Peace and Blessings,

Fr. Greg Schill, SCJ

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 “Fr. Greg’s Hoší — News — for May 2022”

  1. Each month I look forward to the letters and pictures from children at St. Joseph school. It fills me with joy to read the letters and see the beautiful pictures. I am not Lakota; I am a mixture of English, French and Irish. I know very little about my ancestry and do not have a deep sense of pride in my heritage. You are fortunate to have someone to instill that sense of pride in your language, songs and your rich heritage. My oldest daughter (now 60 years old) has been an “adopted” Lakota for over 20 years and during that time she has received nothing but love, support, strength, guidance and a real sense of self worth. You are a very noble people. I wish I could do more to support the children of St. Joseph but my thoughts and prayers are with all at your school.

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