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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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Baptism Classes Starting

Baptismal classes will start on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. for children 7 years and younger, at the Icimani Building in St. Francis. It is six weeks of preparation for Baptism. If you have any questions or need more information, please call Jenny at 747-2436 or Ben at 747-2361.

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Lakota Language Preservation: A Letter from Father Hatcher

The following has been excerpted from our monthly stewardship letter. You may remember that wopila is Lakota for thank you. Gratitude plays an important role in the lives of the Lakota people.  This image of an angel saying “wopila!” is by a student at the Sapa Un Macadam. Sapa Un is what the Lakota called… Read more »

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Suicide & Crisis Hotline Training

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for the St. Francis Mission Suicide & Crisis Hotline? Help us to support our young people, elderly or anyone, whether they are having suicidal thoughts, are in a crisis situation or just need someone to talk to. The next training for Suicide & Crisis volunteers is scheduled for… Read more »

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