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Rector’s Final Words

For 49 years Cardinal Muench Seminary, a diocesan seminary administered by the Diocese of Fargo, sought to form men according to the heart of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Msgr. Schlesselmann offers a final reflection as the seminary’s programs end.

Thank You for Your Support

However often we say it, we cannot say “Thank you” often enough to you, our benefactors and supporters. Without your prayers and sacrifices throughout the years, the existence of Cardinal Muench Seminary simply would not have been possible. Please continue to support the seminarians of the Diocese of Fargo (read more).

Graduation 2011

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, two men graduated from CMS’s college program.


The evening was bitter-sweet. There was much joy in celebrating what the Lord had accomplished in the lives of these two men during their formation at CMS. At the same, with the closure of the seminary, they are the last two men to graduate.

The Priesthood

Explore the Vocations page of Diocese of Fargo website. If you are not from the Fargo Diocese, check out links to the Vocation Offices of neighboring dioceses.

Facility to be Sold

On May 3, 2011, Bishop Aquila announced: “I have decided that the Cardinal Muench Seminary buildings and land will be sold” (more information). Parties interested in the property should read the Diocese of Fargo’s Cardinal Muench Seminary Information Packet. Deadline to submit sealed bids: August 31, 2011.


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Events Mark Close of Seminary

On April 8, 2010, it was announced that the program of priestly formation at Cardinal Muench Seminary would end at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 academic year (full statement). That day came on Friday, May 13th, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (some photos).

Three events were held to mark the closing of Cardinal Muench Seminary:

  1. A Staff & Faculty Appreciation banquet on May 5th.
  2. A Mass of Thanksgiving on May 26th
  3. An alumni and friends gathering on June 19th.