Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

Video: three new deacons ordained

On March 31, Andy Clark, Lloyd Frein, and Craig Peterson were ordained permanent deacons at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, by Bishop Robert Gruss. Did you miss the ordination? Click here or on a photo to see the Ordination Mass! Andy Clark Home Parish: St. Joseph, Gregory Work: Family Practice Physician Family: […]

Last month did you forget to go fishing?

At the end of my February article, I gave a homework assignment. At this point it looks like I need to give an extension because my phone has been silent! The homework assignment was this: When you go to Mass on the weekend, make it your personal intention for that Mass to ask the Lord […]

Diocesan priorities have been established for 3-5 years

As you have seen in the last two issues of the West River Catholic, I have shared with you information about the Diocesan Envisioning Process. Recall our Sacred Mission: “We, the Diocese of Rapid City, through the power of the Holy Spirit, are called to attract and form intentional disciples who joyfully, boldly and lovingly proclaim […]

Two receive national recognition from National Catholic Educational Association

By Becky Berreth Two members of the Rapid City Catholic School System have been recognized for their “dedication and commitment to excellence.” Superintendent Barb Honeycutt and St. Thomas More Middle School Principal Keiz Shultz have been awarded the “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” award by the National Catholic Educational Association. According to a press release from the […]

Former teacher loves his second career calling

  By Laurie Hallstrom The newest retired priest, in the Diocese of Rapid City, was truly “Called by Name” to be ordained. Father Edward “Ed” Vanorny was born May 6, 1945, near the close of World War II. One of nine children of Eugene and Berniece Vanorny, he grew up in Hand County and went […]

Combating climate change requires conversion

  By Fr. Ron Seminara, SJ In his encyclical Laudato Si, after stating that human-generated climate change must be urgently addressed, Pope Francis calls all people to conversion, which lies at the heart of his plea on behalf of the environment. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of […]

Reconcile — Make Disciples — Live the Mission

In last month’s West River Catholic, I began to share with you information about the envisioning process and where we were in regard to the completion and implementation of our Priority Plan. This month, I would like to begin sharing some detailed information about the Priority Plan for the diocese of Rapid City. When the […]

Reach out to those missing at Masses

In “The Joy of The Gospel,” Pope Francis says that an “evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first, and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.” Recent […]