Introducing the South Dakota Catholic Conference

Statement from the Roman Catholic Bishops of South Dakota

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The Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, Bishop of Rapid City, and the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, announce their intention to establish the South Dakota Catholic Conference (SDCC). The Conference will serve as the official voice of the bishops of South Dakota on issues of public policy, providing explanations of Church teaching and their practical application.

A state Catholic conference, which most states have established including those in our neighboring states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana, monitors, responds to and educates Catholics about proposed public policies that impact life and the dignity of the human persons, religious liberty and other issues which affect the rights of Catholics to practice their faith both personally and in the public square.

The South Dakota Catholic Conference will follow the development of public policies and communicate with public officials in all branches and at all levels of governments not only during a legislative session but throughout the year. Among the tasks of the Conference will be to focus on issues that are of common concern among Catholic organizations, other faith-based communities, and secular agencies to promote the common good.

“Through advocacy and education based on Catholic moral and social teachings, the Conference will allow Catholics to become better informed about and comment on the public policy issues of the day not only before the legislature but in all of government”, said Bishop Paul Swain.

“It is our hope that the South Dakota Catholic Conference will help all Catholics in our state to become better informed on public policy matters and thereby be able to respond as faithful Catholics and faithful citizens,” said Bishop Robert Gruss.

Those interested in the position for the Executive Director are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Attention Musicians: Join the Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass

Hello everyone!

I would like to personally invite you to join our Diocesan Choir for the Chrism Mass April 2,  7pm, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City.

In  following our Bishop’s call to be “good stewards” for our diocese I strongly encourage you to prayerfully consider joining us for this very special Mass and be a good steward of the gifts God has given you. The Chrism Mass is a blend of music, holy oils being blessed, and a time for laity to support their priests. I have listed the dates and times of our choir rehearsals, all of which are held at the Cathedral. I would ask that if you live near Rapid City, you attend at least two of these rehearsals. If you are not able to attend these rehearsals but would still like to share your musical talents, please contact me at or by calling 605-341-1143. If you have any questions please contact me and I will be happy to help you as I am able.

Rehearsal dates at the Cathedral (choir loft) are as follows:
Saturday, March 25 – 10am-noon
Sunday, April 2 – 1-2:30pm

Please prayerfully consider joining us for the Chrism Mass — even if you decide not to sing in the choir — so that we can show our support to our priests as they renew their commitment to the ministry to which they were ordained.

Thank you and may God’s grace be upon you! 

—Terry Schroeder

Employment Opportunity: Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Position Summary
To develop ministry opportunities, provide training, support and resources in the diocese for youth and young adult ministry. Click here for a full job description. 

Applicant Qualification
Practicing Catholic; Bachelor’s degree, preferably in theology, catechetics, or related field with a sound Catholic theology. Past experience in parish youth ministry helpful. Understands, supports and articulates the Catholic faith as taught by the Church. Love of youth and understanding of the developmental stages of middle and high school youth. Must have excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills, and ability to relate to pastors, adult youth ministers, youth, and young adults. Requires energy and willingness to travel throughout the diocese, including some weekend and evening work.

Click here for an application.

Interested individuals should send a resumé and letter by e-mail or postal mail listing three professional references along with a completed application to”
Office of the Chancellor
Diocese of Rapid City
606 Cathedral Drive Rapid City SD 57701 


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