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2009 Graduation

On Thursday, May 14, five young men graduated from Cardinal Muench Seminary. The evening began with the celebration of Holy Mass at 5:00 p.m.; Msgr. Schlesselmann, the rector, was the celebrant, and 12 priests from the dioceses of Fargo and Bismarck concelebrated. After Holy Communion each graduate received a certificate indicating their successful completion of the seminary's program of priestly formation, as shown in the following pictures:

Joseph receives certificate
Joseph Evinger
Robert receives certificate
Robert Keller
Sean receives certificate
Sean Mulligan
Corey receives certificate
Corey Nelson
Troy receives certificate
Troy Simonsen

The following photograph shows the graduates with some of the priests who were present; back row (from left to right): Fr. Duchschere, the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Fargo, Fr. Jasinski, Director of Formation, Msgr. Schlesselmann, Rector, Fr. Richter, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Bismarck, Msgr. Laliberte, faculty member and Spiritual Director, Msgr. Skonseng, Vicar General, representing the Diocese of Fargo.

Group photo

2009 Graduates with priests

After Mass a banquet was held for the graduates, their families and invited guests. Annual awards were presented after the meal.

At the end of the evening, it was announced that because his new parish assignment will be quite a distance from the seminary, Fr. Miller would no longer serve as an adjunct Spiritual Director. He received a special gift as a sign of our appreciation for his years of faithful service. It was also announced that Msgr. Skonseng would be returning to the seminary. In 2004, after 11 years of service at CMS, Bishop Aquila assigned him to the positions of Vicar General and Vicar of Clergy for the Diocese of Fargo. Beginning next fall, Msgr. Skonseng will return to CMS in the position of full-time resident Spiritual Director.

Flood 2009

Visit the Flood 2009 page for information on how Cardinal Munech Seminary dealt with the Flood of 2009.

Annual “Collar Classic”

On Friday, February 20th, the annual basketball game between the seminarians and the priests was held. For the first time in the history of this match-up, the game was held at the Shanley High School gym. This location was chosen because it could accommodate more spectators, — and a good-sized crowd turned out! Despite the fact that many more priests also turned up to play (when compared to other games in recent years), the CMS seminarians triumphed for a fourth year in a row! The priests did not play well together as a team. On the other hand, the seminarians had the advantage of weekly practice at the seminary. There were a number of times the priests pulled close, but were never able to take the lead. The final score was 55 - 44.