Reservation’s summer camps combine Bible study, Lakota cultural lessons

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July 7, 2015

Jesuit  Father John Hatcher, president of St. Francis Mission, blesses the chalice in front of children attending Body, Mind & Soul Camp on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. (CNS photo/courtesy St. Francis Mission) See LAKOTA-CAMPS July 7, 2015. Editors: largest image available.

Jesuit Father John Hatcher, president of St. Francis Mission, blesses the chalice in front of children attending Body, Mind & Soul Camp on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. (CNS photo/courtesy St. Francis Mission)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Every summer hundreds of kids on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota participate in a day camp where they learn about God and their Lakota culture.

This camp is run through St. Francis Mission, which is an outreach ministry headed by the Society of Jesus for the 20,000 Sioux people on the Rosebud reservation.

The mission was founded in 1886 by Bishop Martin Marty with the intent of re-evangelizing Catholic Lakota people, immersing them in the Lakota tradition and bringing the Gospel to those who have not heard it.

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