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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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Latest Mission News


Engaging the Word: 05/24/2015

My parents live on a lake in northern Minnesota. Burntside Lake is about 10,000 acres and dotted with rocky islands covered in pines. One of those islands has a small cliff that drops straight into the water. Well, I suppose it’s not really much of a cliff. It’s probably only about 20 feet. But when… Read more »

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Coming This Summer: Body, Mind & Soul Camps!

We are excited to announce the schedule for the 2015 Body, Mind & Soul camps! This year, the theme is “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power” and students aged 6-14 years old will be treated to the COOLEST week of the summer! Featuring amazing experiments, glacier games, lip smacking snacks, surprising adventures and Lakota… Read more »

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Board of Directors Meets

The St. Francis Mission Board of Directors recently met at the Mission for their annual meeting. The board consists of local and national Lakota and Catholic leaders who help direct the course of the Mission, providing guidance and oversight. They meet regularly at the Mission, and hear from our staff at these meetings about their… Read more »

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