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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Reverend John Hatcher
Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota

Nurturing Self-Sufficiency With Love

As president of the St. Francis Mission, Father John Hatcher, SJ, would like to work himself out of a job. His goal is to establish a self-sustaining local church on the Rosebud Reservation, where he ministers to the Lakota people. Based on his collaborative approach to ministry, he’s on his way to success. Despite socio-economic difficulties on the reservation and losing more than 20 youth to suicide last year, Father Hatcher’s temporal work is bearing spiritual fruit. Mass attendance is on the rise. More than 400 children attend religious education each week. And the Lakota themselves are leading nearly every St. Francis Mission program.

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