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This Month in History

February – “Caŋnápopa Wi”

Moon of Popping Trees

(Water in trees freezes and makes a popping/cracking noise during the winter. )

Today in History #BMLM

Feb. 2, 1891  – First mass in the new church at St. Francis, SD, planned and superintended by Bro. H. Wissing, S.J.


Feb. 2, 1983   – Bro. Chapman’s Golden Jubilee in the Society of Jesus at St. Francis Mission, St. Francis, SD.


Feb. 3, 1971   – First day of classes a Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Reservation.

Feb. 8, 1887   – Congress institutes the Dawes General Allotment Act.

Feb. 10, 1905 – Bro. Joseph Schwarzler born in Sulz, Austria.


Feb. 14, 1968 – Education Center across the road from St. Francis Mission burns up to ground, quickly replaced twice former size by insurance funds.

Feb. 17, 1960 – Silas Left Hand Bull sent an Indian name “Thunder Bird” and a pair of beaded moccasins to Pope John XXIIII via Father Smetrus, Director Jesuit Missions in Rome.


Feb. 26, 1890 – Bishop Martin Marty, O.S.B. blessed the new St. Charles Borromeo Church at St. Francis, South Dakota.