Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

National Tekakwitha Conference brings tribes together

Great Attendance  The National Tekakwitha Conference was held in Rapid City, July 19-22. Dedicated to St. Kateri Tekakwitha, it is the largest gathering of Native Catholics in the U.S. and Canada. This year more than 750 people attented the event in Rapid City. Dancer Dallas Chief Eagle and his daughter, Dallasina, performed at the powwow demonstrating traditional hoop […]

Knights bring Christ alive in wonderful ways

I recently attended the Knights of Columbus 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis, a gathering of over two thousand from throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe – bishops, clergy, Knights and their families – to celebrate what the Knights of Columbus accomplished over the past year and to give encouragement […]

This summit is for you

On Friday evening Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, the Office of Stewardship will host the Third Annual Stewardship Summit. This year our conference will focus on the third lens of our Stewardship initiative:  Dedicated Discipleship. We understand that dedicated discipleship is rooted in the first or greatest commandment. In the Gospel, one of the […]

Catholic Social Services helps birth mother and daughter reunite

Catholic Social Services is one of the few adoption agencies that still assists with birth parent/child searches. Merri Blake and her daughter, Courtney, found each other after 28 years. (Courtesy photo)   By Mary Garrigan Catholic Social Services In 1987, Catholic Social Services helped Merri Blake make an adoption plan for her newborn daughter. Twenty-eight […]

Plan to become a Stewardship Parish

I wanted to share some good news with you! After many months of work, the Office of Stewardship has finalized “The Characteristics of a Stewardship Parish,” which is called for in our diocesan priority plan, Through Him, With Him and In Him: A Spiritual Guide to the Diocesan Priority Plan. If you have not taken […]