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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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Featured Mission News


Partnering with People: Mission update Spring 2014

The first part of 2015 has been busy, and that has been reflected in changes to our programs, success in our school and the growth of our people.  In our latest video update, Father Hatcher talks about the Mission, the Sapa Un Academy and a number of our other programs – and what to look… Read more »

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Dental Days: An Update

In July 2013, the Mission embarked on a new adventure – Rosebud Dental Days.  A one-week event held in conjunction with the South Dakota Dental Association, Dental Days brought South Dakota dentists to the Rosebud to provide much needed dental care. The week long event was held across the Rosebud, and was considered a success…. Read more »

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Mission Visits Minnesota!

Father Hatcher and Sandra McNeely recently visited St. Pius V parish in Cannon Falls, Minnesota and St. Joseph of Miesville in Hastings, Minnesota. Father Hatcher said saying mass and helped with reconciliation at both parishes this weekend, while Sandra accompanied hi to share information about the Mission with parishioners.  It was so nice to meet… Read more »

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Camp is Fun! A look at Body, Mind & Soul

Body, Mind & Soul 2015 is going on this month, and boy are our kids having fun and learning lots! In this unique take on Vacation Bible School, we do Vacation Bible school activities in the morning and teach Lakota arts & culture in the afternoon!  We’ve been blessed with students and chaperones volunteers from… Read more »

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