Each summer, the Saint Joan of Arc Youth Ministry Program sends delegations of 9-12th graders to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. Working with the local organization Re-Member, our teens have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and spirituality of the Lakota people. This incredible week includes building projects on local homes, lessons from community leaders, and tours of important historic and geographic landmarks.
We see our delegations as Catholic Social Teaching in action – being in solidarity with our sisters and brothers, living out the works of mercy, and building community! Come join us for this amazing, life-changing week!
Dates for 2018 Delegation:
Trip 1: 8/11/18 - 8/17/18
Trip 2: 8/18/18 - 8/24/18
Information Sessions for those who want to learn more:
Sunday, February 25th, 12pm in the Arc (immediately following the 11am Mass)
Monday, February 26th, 7-8pm in the Arc
In order to reserve your spot on a trip, a $100 non-refundable deposit must be turned in on or before March 11th.
"The measure of your compassion lies not in your service of those on the margins, but in your willingness to see yourselves in kinship with them, connected to them – to move beyond the service of the other, to a solidarity, where your heart is in the right place – and, now finally, to a place of kinship, where your feet are in the right place.” - Fr. Greg Boyle
Mandatory Meetings for the 2018 delegations:
April 29th: 12:30-2pm in the Arc
May 20th: 12:30-2pm in the Arc
June 10th: 12:30-2pm in the Arc
August 5th: Blessing and sending of both delegations at the end of the 9am and beginning of the 11am Masses
Adult volunteers, with excellent teenage listening and communication skills are welcome to experience this trip as leadership. Volunteers undergo a background check, sign SJA’s Code of Conduct and complete VIRTUS training. For more information about Youth Ministry or to volunteer, contact Rose Aspholm, Youth Ministry Director: raspholm [at] stjoan.com,