Fr. James Kubicki has started to serve as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in the town of Mission, South Dakota. “Unfortunately, with my other duties, I can’t give the necessary pastoral attention to the people there, as well as to those in the care center in White River and in other nearby communities,” he said. Father Kubicki is also the administrator of St. Francis Mission.

Sr. Rose Messingschlager, CDP, has moved here to help Father Kubicki on the Rosebud Reservation as the Parish Life Coordinator at St. Thomas Parish. She worked with Jesuits on Pine Ridge Reservation for nine years and then she served as the Diocesan Director for Native Ministry in Duluth, Minnesota for twenty-six years.

When Father Kubicki asked Sr. Rose how she felt about coming to St. Francis Mission, she said: “Coming to be with the Lakota is like returning home!”

Her religious order initials stand for the Congregation of Divine Providence, which began in France in the 1700s and has its U.S. provincial house in northern Kentucky. She has an M.Ed. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Licentiate in Pastoral Missiology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

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