“I didn’t intend to go there but I fell in love with it,” said Fr. Yvon Sheehy, SCJ, talking about his 22 years in South Dakota. He had instead hoped to go to Mississippi, or perhaps to DR Congo.
“But that didn’t happen,” said Fr. Yvon. When South Dakota was suggested, Fr. Yvon said, “Isn’t there ANYPLACE else?”
A year after ordination, Fr. Yvon was assigned to rural parish ministry in west-central South Dakota. He was instrumental in developing team ministry on the Cheyenne River Reservation, allowing SCJ brothers and priests to live together and support each other as a religious community instead of as individuals alone at a parish, many miles from each other.
Of the Native Americans he served, he spoke with admiration of their trust and faith in God. “They live day to day, help each other day to day,” he said. “They always depend on God to help them through the hard times. They believe that God will take care of us.”
Fr. Yvon spoke about South Dakota in the latest installment of “Heart to Heart.” Click here or on the image above to view it.
Pictured at right: Fr. Yvon as a newly ordained priest, serving in South Dakota.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.