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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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Unused land returned to Rosebud Reservation

Since 1886, the Jesuits have lived and worked among the Lakota people on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.  On May 2, St. Francis Mission returned 525 acres of unused church land to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST). Present for the transfer of land were President William Kindle and Vice President Scott Herman of the Rosebud Sioux… Read more »

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An Interview with Father Hatcher

Father John Hatcher S.J., before a portrait of one of his heroes, Italian Jesuit Eusebio Kino (1645–1711), who pioneered missionary work with native peoples in the Americas. 1. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO ACCEPT THE PRESIDENCY OF ST. FRANCIS MISSION? Before ordination I visited the Mission and fell in love with the Lakota people and… Read more »

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Father Hatcher’s Farewell

After fourteen years, I will stand relieved as president of St. Francis Mission, effective July 31, 2017. Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J., a friend and colleague with whom I worked for six years at the Sioux Spiritual Center, will become president. I am very grateful to all of you who have supported the ministry of St…. Read more »

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May 12-Hour Family Recovery Program

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm Place: White River Recovery Center, White River, SD The 12-Hour Family Recovery program supports family members who are living with someone who is drinking or using drugs and is facilitated by local native people. The family program is structured to support the needs of family members who are living… Read more »

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