Since coming to Aberdeen in the 1886, we have focused our ministry efforts on meeting unmet needs. Initially, the need was for education. Soon after, the need for healthcare grew. Our ministry still has its roots in teaching and healing. Today, however, this teaching and healing may come in less traditional forms. The common thread that runs through each of these ministry efforts is a desire to joyfully go where need calls most loudly. As an apostolic congregation and in the spirit of the Apostles, we are dedicated to ministering to the needs of the people while living among them. In the words of Bishop Walsh, we go where we are needed, but not necessarily wanted and stay until we are wanted, but no longer needed. That is the apostolic spirit!
From teaching youngsters as foster grandparents to teaching individuals the steps to spiritual growth and development, our education ministry has expanded and flourished as the needs for learning have taken us outside the classroom and into the lives of those we serve. From walking alongside those suffering with HIV and AIDS to facilitating healing after divorce and loss, we continue to adapt our healing ministry to promote deeper healing of the whole person. Of course, we also continue to sponsor Presentation College and Avera Health and have sisters involved in these ministries.
As we continue to go where need calls out most loudly, we follow our mission of caring for and empowering those in need.