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St. Francis Mission prides itself on programs that promote a healthy Catholic Church, and address the difficult issues the Lakota people face. Every program started at the Mission in the last eight years is directed by a Lakota person. Each and every program is designed to further Lakota leadership and champion Lakota and Catholic values.


A goal driven plan for Indian Missions that works:

This triangle graphic represents the programs in place and goals for the future of St. Francis Mission. It demonstrates how our programs have helped and do help Lakota people rise to leadership positions within the Church and Reservation.

Levels Level One Level Two Level Three Level Four Level Five Level Six
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Level 1:


Family Recovery Programs

Suicide & Crisis Hotline

Dental Clinic

Counseling Services

Jail Ministry

Past relationship with the Church and Government

Level 2:

Spiritual Growth

Re-evangelization, parish life, religious education, sacramental preparation — baptism, confirmation, and marriage at:

St. Bridget’s Parish

St. Charles Borromeo Parish

St. Agnes Parish

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

Sacred Heart Parish

Level 3:

Educational Programs

Level 4:

Academic Formation

Sapa Un Catholic Academy leading to trade or professional studies

Level 5:


Lakota Catholic tradespeople and professionals

(educated, sober and morally-centered adults)

Level 6:


Interculturated leaders for the Church and Reservation