Studies conducted by the Diocese of Rapid City show that Catholic Lakota people desire the teachings of the Church to be passed on to their children. St. Francis Mission provides release-time religious education in four communities and after-school programs in two communities. The religious education staff collaborates with Deacon Ben Black Bear and Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. to provide additional classes for the children and their parents to help prepare for the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.
Children from grades 1-8 are released from school to attend religious education once a week for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the school. Mission staff teach over 300 students each week in the Religious Education Program. To help support our programs click here. For more information call (605) 747-2436 or Email.
Body, Mind, and Soul Camp:
Religious education for children is extended into the summer months through the Body, Mind, and Soul Program, which provides religious education and recreation to children in various communities around the reservation. Many of children who participate would otherwise never have any contact with the Church or the Mission. The Mission’s religious education teachers, young Jesuits in formation, Jesuit Volunteers, and students from Jesuit high schools from around the United States staff these sessions.