Fr. Joe Dean, SCJ, born 1947, was raised in the Grand Rapids, MI, area. He is the oldest of seven children. He took his first vows on September 8, 1966. He completed a BA in philosophy, and an M.Div. in theology. He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1984. He has an MA in history from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and an AM in history from Harvard University. He taught Church History at Sacred Heart School of Theology from 1984 through 1992. He preached parish missions from 1993 through Lent, 2008. He has been at Lower Brule, SD since January 1, 2009.