Fr. Peter Klink, SJ, Nominated for Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension
July 16, 2018 — Father Peter Klink, SJ, has been nominated
for this year’s Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) Award. For more than 40 years, Catholic Extension
has asked mission dioceses to nominate their best, brightest, and most
inspiring people for the annual award.
Fr. Klink serves as vice president for Mission and Identity at
Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His mantra and mission at Red Cloud is to provide the Lakota
children and their families with “a brighter future.”
Since arriving 40 years ago to teach high
school students — even before he became a priest in 1981 — he has aimed to give
a boost to young Lakota who face many challenges. He has served the school and
Holy Rosary Mission in almost every capacity: teacher, principal,
superintendent of schools, director of development, president, pastor, and
currently as vice president for mission and identity.
Fr. Klink has managed a successful Lakota
language immersion program at the school for 10 years, which is producing
fluent Lakota speakers. He believes that schools need to give any student, but
especially Native American students, two things to succeed in college: competency
His dedication has paid off: 95 percent of the
2017 graduating class went on to post-secondary education at 23 colleges.
“These sons and daughters of God are beloved and meant to make a positive
difference in this world,” he said. “They have been gifted with life and given
gifts that need discovering and growing.”
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April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?