Sister Parish

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Sacred Heart Parish rejoices to have a sister parish relation with the St. Francis Mission among the Lakota.

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. We respect the traditions of the Lakota people as we collaborate with them to meet the spiritual, educational, social, and physical needs of the community.

A team of Jesuits work in collaboration with a Lakota deacon, several commissioned Lakota lay ministers, and numerous Lakota lay men and women who make the work of the Church possible.

St. Francis Mission is the largest not-for-profit organization on the Rosebud Reservation that is not a governmental controlled or funded program. Currently it supports work in five parishes, Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Center, the White River Recovery Center, the Father Jones Religious Education Center in St. Francis, the CYO Religious Education Center in Rosebud, the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, a Dental Clinic and Suicide and Crisis Hotline.

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