Aloisius Cardinal Muench was the third bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, from 1935 to 1959. In 1946 he was called by Pope Pius XII to be the Apostolic Visitator (the representative of the pope) to Germany during its reconstruction following the Second World War; he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to that same country in 1951. He was named a Cardinal by Pope John XXIII in 1959 and moved to Rome, where he became the first cardinal from the United States to work in the Roman Curia. He helped prepare for the Second Vatican Council. He died on Feburary 15, 2012. Read more.
Although Cardinal Muench Seminary has been closed for two years, there are still CMS alumni in major seminary studying for the priesthood. During the summer of 2013, five CMS alumni were ordained.
On April 8, 2010, Bishop Aquila announced that after 49 years Cardinal Muench Seminary will close. That day came on Friday, May 13, 2011, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
In early June of 2013, the Diocese of Fargo accepted an offer on the purchase of the property. Funds received through this sale will be transferred to the endowment fund for seminarian and clergy education.