St. Joseph’s Indian School of Chamberlain has recognized Deacon Harold Condon as their 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. He accepted his award during the
baptism, first communion and confirmation liturgy held at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel on Sunday, April 12, where Deacon Condon shared in the celebration of mass
with Father Anthony Kluckman, SCJ.
“I learned a lot at St. Joseph’s Indian School,” he said. “But it was the spirituality, the faith I learned that gave me the strength to get through many things in my life. I served in the Vietnam War. I watched my son serve two tours in the Middle East. I lost a son to cancer. Through these times, it was my strength of faith that brought me through.”
Harold Condon attended St. Joseph’s from August of 1961 through May of 1964, graduating eighth grade with the Class of 1964. After leaving St. Joseph’s, he attended high school at St. Paul’s Mission, then graduated from Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School in 1968. After serving in the Vietnam War, Harold Condon went on to receive his degree in accounting from Rutherford College in 1972. In the mid-1970s, Deacon Condon and his wife, Geraldine moved to Chamberlain. He again found himself at St. Joseph’s Indian School, serving as St. Joseph’s chief finance officer. He and his wife also helped in the boys’ dorm, working with boys in grades five through eight. Within a couple years, he started St. Joseph’s Lakota Studies program and through that class, constructed St. Joseph’s first sweat lodge. Harold and Geraldine Condon were instrumental in launching St. Joseph’s high school program and worked in one of the first high school boys’ homes. Since leaving St. Joseph’s, Harold Condon was ordained a deacon in the Catholic church and has helped minister in parishes on the Cheyenne River Reservation, in Pine Ridge and Parmelee. He has also held several offices for his tribe, including consultant and accountant. Today, Harold Condon still works for his tribe in addition to his 30 years in service as a deacon in the Catholic church. He, his wife, Geraldine and their grandson live in St. Francis.
St. Joseph’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award winner was Sister Madeline Le Compte, OSBS, recognized in 2006. Distinguished Alumnus award winners have:
• Attended St. Joseph’s for at least two years.
• Made a positive contribution to others, their culture or their community.
• Participated in activities that have made a difference to the wellbeing of others.
• Acted in service to others.
St. Joseph’s Indian School, an apostolate of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, partners with Native American children and families to educate for life – mind, body, heart and spirit.