Five alumni of Cardinal Muench Seminary were ordained during the summer of 2013. On June 6, Fr. Sean Mulligan, and Fr. Troy Simonsen were ordained priests for the Diocese of Fargo. On June 13, Fr. Joseph Evinger and Fr. Corey Nelson were ordained priests for the Diocese of Bismarck. They all graduated from Cardinal Muench Seminary in 2009. On May 31, Adam Maus was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Bismarck. He graduated from CMS in 2010. All these men were ordained by Bishop David Kagan, Bishop of the Diocese of Bismarck, and at the time the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Fargo.
With these ordinations, the number of CMS alumni who have been ordained priests is 123. Seven CMS alumni are still studying in major seminary and should be ordained priests over the course of the next few years.
On May 3, 2011, the Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Bishop Aquila published a Pastoral Letter entitled Bearing the Mission of Christ to our Transforming Communities (full text). In it he announced his decisions about the future of the Cardinal Muench Seminary facility. He wrote:
“I have decided that the Cardinal Muench Seminary buildings and land will be sold. ... Proceeds from the sale will be used for clergy and seminarian education needs, consistent with the intent of the donors who have supported Cardinal Muench Seminary through the years and with the need for sacramental ministry.”
Archbishop Aquila with priests ordained in 2012 (left
to right): Fr. Greg Haman, Fr. Matthew Kraemer,
Fr. Daniel Musgrave and Fr. Reese Weber.
In early June 2013 the Diocese of Fargo accepted an offer on the property. Funds received through the sale will be transferred to the endowment fund for seminarian and clergy education.
Thank you to all our benefactors and supporters for your faithful years of support. Pray that young men continue to respond to the Lord’s call to be molded as “shepherds after my own heart” (Jer. 3:15). Please continue your financial support of the seminarians of the Diocese of Fargo (learn more).
Five alumni of Cardinal Muench Seminary were ordained priests during the summer of 2012. On May 31, Fr. Jadyn Nelson was ordained for the Diocese of Bismarck at Holy Spirit Cathedral. Fr. Greg Haman, Fr. Matthew Kraemer, Fr. Dan Musgrave and Fr. Reese Weber were ordained for the Diocese of Fargo on June 23. All these priests graduated from Cardinal Muench Seminary in 2008, except Fr. Haman, who graduated in 2007.