The Present

Blog Post & Photos by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota Each week, Salvatorian pastor Fr. Paul Portland emails me a copy of his homily. We started years ago, when I was a member of his parish. The parish could no longer provide sign interpreters, but he agreed to share a print…

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Indigenous Peoples Day… in the woods

Blog Post & Photos by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota Do you have a favorite place where you can sense how close you are to the sacred? For some, it is in a church or in the presence of a favorite person.  For me, it has always been the woods. In…

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This is the 4th time…

Blog Post by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota … that the Sisseton Arts Council has pleasantly surprised me by supporting and installing artwork by a local Indigenous artist. In the past five years, we have seen several efforts by the local Arts Council to include local Native artists in producing public…

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Salvatorian Sisters say, Bucks in 6!

Wisconsin sports teams can always count on the Salvatorian Sisters to cheer them on. Come football season, Sister Virginia Honish pulls out her array of Green Bay Packer attire. Whereas Sisters Betty Vetter, Carol Jean Zais, and Judy Sullivan try to attend a couple Brewers games each season. So, how are Sisters of the Divine…

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Once upon a time…

By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota Waaaay back last school year… when my Dakota Immersion Class reading students were still struggling to sound out words like “cat” and “hit,” I had one student who was significantly ahead of everyone else. They were on letter sounds and short words. She was already…

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Welcome Immigrants

Hello once again from Casa Alitas, whose staff continues to welcome all in spite of Covid’s contagious variants, new compliance protocols, need for “fashionable” protective clothing, and a new, but necessary, designated area of isolation.

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The Two Grandmas

By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS Keyapi. (Kay-YA-pee) That’s how traditional stories start. It’s not “once upon a time,” but rather, “It is said.” It places the story in this time, as well as that. After all, time is a human invention, and most indigenous cultures do not see “time” as something arrayed upon a line of…

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