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About St. Francis Mission

St. Francis Mission is a ministry of the of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) among the 20,000 Lakota (Sioux) people on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota. It is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1886.  The purpose of the Mission is to  re-evangelize Catholic Lakota people and bring the Gospel of Jesus the Christ to those who have not heard it.

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Summer Update 2015: So Much to Share!

Summer 2015 was a busy one.  Watch our latest update videos to learn what’s been going on! In Part One, Fr. John Hatcher discusses the latest news from our dental clinic, our expanding Sapa Un Catholic Academy, the  St. Francis Mission Suicide & Crisis Hotline, as well as what the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum has… Read more »

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Rosebud Indian Reservation selected to receive award

(Taken from Creighton University – School of Dentistry article. You can view the original post here.) Congratulations to Creighton University School of Dentistry and the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic on the Rosebud Indian Reservation on being selected to receive a $5,000 E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award for the 2015-2016 school year…. Read more »

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Fr. Hatcher on Catholic Coach radio show

Fr. Hatcher was recently featured on the Catholic Coach on Real Presence Radio. Check out the podcast and details below! Catholic Coach Hr. 2 April 18 Fr. John Hatcher, Tom and Colleen Musgrave, and Sr. Marguerite Streifel In the second hour, our host spoke with several of our local 2016 Lumen Christi Award nominees. The… Read more »

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Community Garden!

Its that time of the year to start our garden here at the St. Francis Mission! Pictured is our JV Pat Carlin prepping the garden for this summer. The Sapa Un students and their parents will volunteer this summer to work in the garden, and will eat the result in their lunches later in the… Read more »

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