Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

Deacon Walt Wilson’s one-of-a-kind hands on ministry

Judy and Deacon Walt Wilson from Our Lady of the Black Hills Church, Piedmont By Laurie Hallstrom “I just do stuff,” said Deacon Walt Wilson, Piedmont. He is age 80 and has a lot of stories, but he has just as many handyman projects under his belt. His carpentry, stonework, tiling, and plumbing have helped […]

‘St. Joseph keeps showing up in my life’

Last summer during a trip to Minnesota, Fr. Mark McCormick stopped at the church where he was baptized, St. Joseph Parish in Montevideo. He is amazed how often St. Joseph shows up in his life. (Courtesy photo)   I am not sure why I am surprised, although I am, by the fact that St. Joseph keeps showing up […]

Encourage young men to consider the priesthood

From time to time, I like to revisit a short booklet called “Lend Your Own Voice to Christ.” Even though it is written for priests, the introductory story titled “I see in you …” is a reminder that we are all called to invite young men to consider the priesthood. The primary reason they do […]

‘We are not merely a museum, but a vault of safe-keeping’

By Father Jacob Boddicker, SJ (Editors note: This is the second part of the column which ran in the September 2020 issue of the West River Catholic, highlighting The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, St. Francis Mission. For more information on the St. Francis Mission and our museum visit https://www.sfmission.org/) The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum is […]

Preserving artifacts that were made here, used here, and remain here

Fr. Eugene Buechel, SJ, is shown in an undated photo from the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum archives. Featuring the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, St. Francis Mission Fr. Jacob Boddicker, SJ (Editor’s note: The first part of this series ran in the May 2020 West River Catholic, highlighting the Heritage Center at Holy Rosary Mission, Pine Ridge. Part […]