Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I was 57 years old when I came to South Dakota. I will depart the next number of days at the age of 73. I am deeply grateful for the last 16 years that I have spent in your midst. They have been years of growing love and affection for you as I attempted to bring the Good News of the Gospel of Grace to you. It is my sincere hope that you have benefited from my sometimes faltering efforts. I have always tried to have yor best interests in mind in view of the many different ways I have served. I have enjoyed my years here very much, and frequently experienced the Lord’s gentle guidance and inspriation on your behalf.
I have noticed a profound change in my own spiritual life, to which all of you have contributed in many ways. And I am deeply grateful for those graces. These years have been happy years and challenging years. And it is with mixed emotions that we come to this time of departure: know there is a sad feeling in leaving those I love and care for, yet a joy in looking forward to what the Lord may have for me in the near future, and I have no idea of what that may be. That discussion will begin when I get back to Pennsylvania.
I have enjoyed very much living on the Reservation in this multi-culutural enviroment, and serving and pastoring the Ihanktowan People. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all especially for the prayers and well wishes. I want to especially thank the Kateri Circle for honoring me with a beautiful Star Quilt. I am also grateful for the gifts and donations you have given me over this Christmas season, and on the occasion of my nearing departure. May the good Lord bless you all in every way possible according to your most hopeful and pressing need.
Affectionately in God’s good graces,
Fr. David Tickerhoof, tor
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