More Storms on the Rosebud


Right after I wrote my last letter, the spread of Covid got worse here. Now it is touching all of us much more personally. Two Jesuit priests from the neighboring Pine Ridge reservation got sick, and the entire Jesuit community was quarantined. Last week, I opened the door for one of our retired catechists, who had brought two of her great-grandchildren to pick up their homework. All of us were wearing our masks. A few days later, she called to ask for prayers: she told us that she and one of the kids had Covid. And, on October 27, we learned that Sylvan White Hat, our Lakota language teacher, who had been airlifted to Sioux City, Iowa, had passed away.

Nearly 5% of the population here has tested positive, and the number is growing. As a result, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe issued two strict 72 hour shutdowns and extended its shelter-in-place order until the end of the year.



Right after I wrote my last letter, the spread of Covid got worse here. Now it is touching all of us much more personally. Two Jesuit priests from the neighboring Pine Ridge reservation got sick, and the entire Jesuit community was quarantined. Last week, I opened the door for one of our retired catechists, who had brought two of her great-grandchildren to pick up their homework. All of us were wearing our masks. A few days later, she called to ask for prayers: she told us that she and one of the kids had Covid. And, on October 27, we learned that Sylvan White Hat, our Lakota language teacher, who had been airlifted to Sioux City, Iowa, had passed away.

Nearly 5% of the population here has tested positive, and the number is growing. As a result, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe issued two strict 72 hour shutdowns and extended its shelter-in-place order until the end of the year.


As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “Season of Giving,” I want to give thanks for all the ways that, even in the midst of these difficult times, God is blessing us. You are part of that blessing. I also want to ask for your continued help. More than ever, we are challenged to make ends meet so that we won’t have to close down any of our programs. Please, even in the midst of the economic turmoil and uncertainty of the present, consider making a year-end gift or increasing the amount you have given in the past.

THANK YOU!




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