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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Working for Justice

Sister Ellen Sinclair, SDS Milwaukee, Wisconsin I was motivated to become a lawyer because I saw it as a way to work for justice. As a Salvatorian I still work for justice. As a pro bono attorney I help clients navigate a system that is too complicated and many times seems weighted against them. I…

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March was National Women’s Month

By Sister Patrice Colletti, SDSKateri Initiative – Sisseton, South Dakota One of the many things I love about teaching is being immersed in mini-celebrations of “national/ international- whatever month/day/week.”  Just in March, we’ve got: National Invasive Species Awareness Week…. International Waffle Day….  National Noodle Month…  National Banana Cream Pie Day… National Introverts Week… National Button…

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The Hotel is Up and Running

By Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDSDesert Mission – Tucson, Arizona Greetings from Casa Alitas.  Due to the large numbers arriving at the Immigration Center at Casa Alitas, and because COVID-19 requires greater distancing between our guests (immigrants), we are using another facility called the “Hotel” for overflow when guests need to stay with us for awhile. The…

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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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