Office of the Vicar for Clergy

The vicar general is a priest who has been appointed by the bishop to assist him in matters concerning the spiritual, physical and psychological health of the clergy in the diocese, active and retired.  The Vicar is the contact point between clergy and Bishop regarding these issues.

Meet our current Vicar for Clergy

Fr. Kerry Prendiville is a native of Ralph, South Dakota. He was ordained a priest in 1984 and was assigned to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Father Prendiville became administrator St. Bonaventure, McIntosh and its missions in 1998. In 1989 he was appointed pastor for McIntosh. Since then he has served as pastor of Immaculate Conception and its missions in Winner, St. Joseph in Spearfish, St. Bernard, McLaughlin and its missions on the Standing Rock Reservation, St. Ambrose in Deadwood, St. Patrick, Lead, and the Catholic parishes of Hot Springs, Custer and Edgemont. He has served variously as dean, on Presbyteral Council, the Personnel Board, the College of Consultors and the Priest Retirement and Aid Association. In addition, he has served on the Western South Dakota Catholic Foundation and the Red Cloud Indian School Board of Directors. He is currently the pastor of St. Therese the Little Flower and St. John the Evangelist in New Underwood.

He is an alumnus of North Dakota State University and the Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, ND, and Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. Fr. Prendiville completed three-year certificate program in spiritual direction from the Institute of Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE.