Welcoming St. Joseph’s visitors

I started the day at the eye doctor for my bi-annual exam. I wondered if the surgery or medications would have any effect on my eyesight.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I started the day at the eye doctor for my bi-annual exam. I wondered if the surgery or medications would have any effect on my eyesight. I’m happy to report I got a clean bill of health there … nice to know part of me is still in good working order.

Part of small town life is many people know your story. I didn’t know the technician very well who first saw me, but she didn’t have to ask if I’d had any changes in my health history. She knew all about the cancer because I’d been on their prayer list at church.

Later in the day, some visitors stopped in at the museum. One couple from Ohio had called ahead weeks ago and I planned time to see them. Another group from Tennessee just dropped in and toured the museum and campus until I was done with afternoon meetings.

People ask such insightful questions about our school and programs when they visit and appreciate seeing where their donations go. One of the folks from Tennessee – fairly new to St. Joseph’s – said, “I had to see if it was real.”

Because of distance so many of our donors don’t get the chance to see the campus up close and personal. But we enjoy seeing folks who are able to make the trek.

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.

5 thoughts on “Welcoming St. Joseph’s visitors”


  2. Dear GOD’-THANK YOU, for Your BLESSINGS’ of
    good eye-sight, to Fr. Steve; Please continue to BLESS, and give him, allot of Laughter, and healing strength. WE DO LOVE HIM.


  3. O MI GOSH..! We had not realized that St. Joseph’s is a PLACE on Earth…We thought it was Heaven..!
    Well..now..We can work on getting THERE..!
    Nevin..I am also lo vision..Sort of an adventure, isn’t it..? We are glad that Father’s eyes are in great shape, but Kevin..He doesn’t know what he is missing, does he..? Anyhow, He’s “just a kid”…WE’ll give him time..!
    Fathger Steve..You just keep “steppin’ high”…Your spirit keeps us all going.
    Prayers always.
    Mia and Bob

  4. Fr.Steve, We are so happy to hear that you are doing so well. Keep up the great work. We visited the campus a couple years ago, but we never got to meet you, we visited one of the homes. The house parents showed us around, it was very nice. We also visited some of the classes, the children are so sweet. God Bless you Love Angie & Kenny

  5. You naturally have my prayers. I received my first diagnosis of cancer three years ago. For two am a half years I was in remission after rather massive radiation and chemo treatments. Then cancer reappeared in three locations. After surgery (I lost my voice box and thyroid) took care of one area, I am now undergoing radiation to deal with some lumps on my back. The doctors still haven’t decided what to do about my lung. This is not to complain. I still have a loving family and a warm circle of friends to support me. It’s just a reminder that I don’t deal the cards, I just play them as best I can.
    We hope to travel your way next summer on the way farther west. Is there a least troublesome time to visit the campus?

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