Upcoming Events


Inspiring a Culture of Yes! Events

Please join the Office of Vocations in welcoming Fr. Brett Brannen, acclaimed author and speaker, to our Diocese.  Fr. Brannen will present a workshop on Thursday, April 27th @ 5:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist in Ft. Pierre and repeat the same workshop on Friday, April 28th @ 5:30 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City.  The evening begins with dinner and includes a presentation by Fr. Brannen and time for prayer.


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World Day of Prayer for Vocations is May 7, 2017

World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, May 7th, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage (; or at or at

Totus Tuus 2017: Summer Vocation Camp

Totus Tuus is a summer camp where we spend a few days reflecting on God's call to each of us. The guys will spend time with priests and seminarians, and the girls will be with religious sisters. The camp includes hiking, kayaking, campfires, swimming, games, and much more!


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Niobrara River Young Adult Retreat - May 19-21, 2017

Join us for a weekend retreat with Fr. Mark McCormick. We will camp and kayak down the beautiful Niobrara River in Northern Nebraska. There will be time to talk about prayer and discernment, celebrate Daily Mass and spend time in prayer and fellowship.


Sponsored by the Office of Vocations. Open to Young Adults age 18-35. Mail the registration form on the back or
for more information, contact us at: 605-716-5214 ext. 233

Downloads: Flyer/Registration






Past Events

IHM Seminary Visit


Join Fr. Mark McCormick, Director of Vocations, for a trip to visit the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN.  We will tour the campus, visit with seminarians, pray with the community and enjoy some recreation.  This trip is open to young men aged 16 and older.  There is no cost for this trip, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Vocations at 605-716-5214 ext. 233 or or click on the registration form here.


Mar. 24-27, 2017
Deadline Mar. 1

Men In Black Basketball

Monday evening, January 30th @ 5:30 – 8:30 pm at St. Thomas More High School


The evening includes dinner and basketball games featuring students v. faculty and high school boys v. priests of our diocese.  A great night of fun and fellowship celebrating the gift of the priesthood to the Church.

Young Women’s Discernment Retreat


The Young Women’s Discernment Retreat, sponsored by the Office of Vocations, and originally scheduled February 3 – 5, 2017 at Terra Sancta has been postponed.  But as the saying goes, when God shuts a door, he always opens a window!  We have another opportunity to grow closer to the Lord.  Please consider joining us as we travel to Colorado Springs, CO to experience a Retreat for Young Women hosted by the Sisters of Life, February 10-12th.  Cost is $25.  This retreat is open to young women age 18 and older.  It is titled, “Known by Love” and will include: an introduction to prayer and silence, Eucharistic adoration, Mass, Conferences by the Sisters, opportunities for Sacramental Confession and the opportunity to meet with a Sister of Life.  For more information or to register, please contact the Vocations Office at: or 716-5214 ext. 233. If you are interested, please register online with the sisters and ALSO with the Vocations Office.  


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World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Sunday, February 5



In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This day is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This feast is also known as Candelmas Day, the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day.




For ideas on how to celebrate this feast day go to:

Vocation Discernment Weekend

Hosted by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Martin's Monastery in Rapid City, SD


Vocation Discernment Weekend: Prayer and meals with the Benedictine Sisters, time for discussion and reflection. For women between the ages of 18 and 55. The next scheduled weekend dates are listed to the left. Weekends can also be arranged on an individual basis. Contact Sister Carol Kovarik at the email below or Sister Florence McManamen at or call either of them at the number below.


February 17-19, 2017



Cost: No charge
Time: Fri Evening to Early Sunday Afternoon
Sister Carol Kovarik or Sister Florence McManamen - 605-343-8011

Spiritual Motherhood


In 2007, the Congregation for the Clergy invited women to consider making a commitment of prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification of priests.  In our diocese many women have made a yearly commitment to pray for a particular priest, seminarian or discerner through our Spiritual Motherhood program. This includes a commitment to prayer and offerings for the priests of our diocese, who greatly need our prayers and spiritual support. 


For more information on Spiritual Motherhood, please read Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity published by the Congregation for the Clergy.  The book Praying for Priests by Kathleen Beckman and published by Sophia Press is also a wonderful resource. 



 If you would be interested in learning more about this commitment please consider joining us for:

 A Spiritual Motherhood Gathering

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 am—12:00 pm

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Faith, SD


 We will gather for prayer, discussion and encouragement. Current and new members are most welcome. 


For more information or to register, please contact:

Shawna Hanson, Office of Vocations - or call 605-716-5214 ext. 233