Prayers for Fr. Steve

Dear Benefactors,

I have been asked to give you a brief up-date on Fr. Steve Huffstetter, SCJ and his health situation.

A week ago, on February 26th, he went to Mitchell with one of the High School Boys’ Home for a movie and dinner. When he got back later that night his stomach began to act up and he had flu-like symptoms.

On Monday morning he was still feeling the effects and visited with the nurses here on staff at St. Joseph’s.  They looked him over and suggested that he needed to go to the local hospital to be checked out.  I drove him up mid-morning.

He called about noon and said they were admitting him.  It seems there was blockage in one of his intestines, caused by a piece of scar tissue from his operation last year.  He was hooked up to an IV and later in the week had a tube to help drain his stomach.

The Doctor kept close watch.  Towards the end of last week things began to take a positive turn.  The medication produced good results and surgery will not be needed. He is still on the IV, but is now taking some liquids and soft food.  The Doctor kept him in the hospital so he could observe how Fr. Steve’s body reacted to the intake of food.  Fr. Steve’s spirits are up and he will be coming home this afternoon – he is especially looking forward to having some good things to eat.

This notice is not sent to worry you, but to bring you up-to-date on how things are going with Fr. Steve.


Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ
St. Joseph’s Indian School
Chamberlain, SD

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.

24 thoughts on “Prayers for Fr. Steve”

    1. Fr. Steve, Were surprized at this turn of events. will be keeping you in extra prayer as we pray for you and St.Joe’s every day. God’s Blessings
      love in Christ, ~~Rick and Arleen Graham

  1. Dear Father Steve — I hope by the time someone reads this you are back home and have enjoyed some good food. You are and will continue in special prayer. You are much needed at St Joseph’s Indian School. /// Pray that God’s Will be done in KatieJohn. I pray for nothing but God’s Will. Sending Love in Jesus and Mary … John (John J Farren)

  2. Will say prayers for your complete recovery. Get better, those kids need you.
    They surely must admire your strength and fortitude.

  3. Sorry to hear about your health problems, Fr. Steve … you have my best wishes and prayers as well and I hope this finds you doing much better!

  4. Dear Father Steve – i’m sending prayers for you, for your rest and healing, and very very good food. I’m so glad your nurses got you to the hospital, so they could diagnose and treat you, and i’m so glad that you got to go home. Healing, Love and Joy be with you.

    ~ Linda Wise

  5. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Hope you will be able to enjoy some good food soon.

  6. You are such a positive influence for the children. I pray you are feeling better very soon.

  7. Prayers for Father Steve. May God bless you with healing and health so that you can continue the good work you are doing for the Lakota People. I ask our dear Jesus to lay His mighty hand upon you and lift you up and make you whole. In His precious name, Amen.

  8. God Bless Father Steve. I will be praying for restoration to the good health he as had as he recovered from his cancer. Please Father give Father Steve all he needs to continue his way towards full health

  9. Father Steve, know that you are in my prayers. Will someone close by Father Steve (or two if possible) lay hands on him & pray to God the Father, in the name of Jesus, to cleanse & heal Father Steve of all infirmities. As it is spoken, so it is done. Amen Thank you!

  10. Thanks, Father Anthony, for the update. Be assured that our prayers continue … for health and healing for Fr. Steve, and for the well-being of all the children and their wonderful teachers/leaders. Showers of blessings!

  11. Hope you are home and well and enjoying “good food” by now. God Bless you and St. Joseph’s for all you do.

  12. Father Steve,
    God bless you and I will say some prayers for your continued recovery…. cheryl Miller

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