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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Sister Carol Thresher, SDS: My Vocation of Making a Difference

Originally written by Sister Carol Thresher, SDS, November 2, 2015 When people ask, “Why did you become a Sister?” my answer is always twofold. First of all, I turn to my own heart, my own dream. Somewhere, deep inside I’d always known that I wanted to make a difference in the world. I wasn’t sure what that…

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Visitor!

Blog Post & Photos by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota Sister Betty Vetter enjoyed a brief visit to Sisseton this past week. The fun began with a visit to the petroglyph site near Jeffers, MN. These petroglyphs were created between 2,000 and 5,000 years ago. There are over 5,000 pecked into…

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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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Back-to-School Days

Blog Post & Photos by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota If you’re like me, seeing the piles of lined paper, the tubs of pencils or pens, and the line-up of colorful lunch boxes at “back to school” sales can still bring a happy sigh. This past week, children returned to the…

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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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A Day in the Life of One Migrant

By Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDSDesert Mission – Tucson, Arizona Today I worked in the medical department and visited a young man in his 20s from Honduras, recovering from a poisonous snake bite, most probably a Diamondback Rattler, as asserted by doctors. This is DB’s story.  DB was making his risky journey across the unknown Arizona desert to…

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What’s your legacy gonna be?

Blog Post by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota Yesterday was Teresa Peter’s funeral. She is one of Sister Irene De Marrais’s blood sisters and in the Dakota way of extended family, called tiospaye, she is one of our relatives since we are related to Sr. Irene. Teresa’s Dakota name is Cante…

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First Friday Prayer

Photos and Blog Post by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota Admittedly, it’s easy to be attentive to the gift of Creation when living in a place that has more space full of natural things than human-made things. … where trees seem to grow right before your eyes… … where in a…

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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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