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St. Ignatius of Loyola Church

St. Ignatius of Loyola Church

  • Address: St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Wanblee, SD 57577
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  • Hours of Operation: Weekend Mass
    Sundays at 8 AM

    For a detailed schedule of all Weekday Mass, Confessions, Holy Days and other events, please visit our events calendar.


St. Joseph Church at Bear Creek, near Wanblee, was the first camp church begun outside of Holy Rosary Mission and the Pine Ridge Agency. Built by Fr. Digman, S.J. in 1898, St. Joseph’s was the largest church in its area. William Randall was one of its catechists. When St. Joseph was torn down in 1960, St. Ignatius became the church for the Wanblee area. Built in 1912 by Jesuit Fr. Henry Grotegeers, S.J., St. Ignatius received its large addition in 1957. Early Catechists were Louis P. Mousseau and Edward White Crow.