I had an interesting visitor today, a seminarian postulant from the Diocese of Texas and his young family. They were passing through the area on vacation, having just come from visiting the Little House on the Prairie exhibits over in De Smet, SD. De Smet is about 45 minutes from here, and where quite a few of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books are set. Plum Creek, Minnesota, where the second book is set is about 45 minutes in the opposite direction.
The seminarian wanted to see the church and also visit the local Children's Museum. I took the opportunity to show him around the church. He was impressed by the amount of construction we have going on here at this parish. I also shamelessly recruited him to consider applying to become a priest here. He has a curacy waiting on him, but he was certainly interested in this Diocese, as he asked several questions about the bishop and the Diocese.
Who knows...maybe South Dakota can get another young priest in about 3 years. That would be most excellent.