At the Cathedral we are blessed with a diversity of people not found in many churches in Sioux Falls, certainly not in South Dakota. The parish has a large contingent of Africans who for one reason or another now call Sioux Falls home and the Cathedral their parish community.
This fall a young man named Mamery Kone stood in the door to my office asking about being baptized and becoming Catholic. To make a long story short, he was a Muslim who was evangelized by Catholics in his home country and now desires to be baptized a Christian and follow Christ as a Catholic.
Mamery’s story is more than a short article in the bulletin can do justice. Due to his conversion, it was not safe for him at home and so he fled to America ending up in Sioux Falls where a relative lives. Mamery’s original departure from the United States was scheduled for the week before Easter, therefore limiting his ability to receive the sacraments at Easter Vigil. Fr. Morgan has decided to baptize, confirm, and give 1st Holy Communion to Mamery on March 6th.
He is filing for asylum in the United States. The process may make it possible for Mamery to stay longer with us until his case is heard but to be on the safe side we are still going to welcome him into the Church at the earlier date. Please join us on March 6th at the 9:15am Mass as we welcome Mamery Kone into the Catholic Church.
Director of Faith Formation