Diocese of Bismarck

North Dakota Dioceses Release List of Priests with Substantiated Claims

The lists consist of 53 clergy members.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The Diocese of Bismarck and the Diocese of Fargo released lists of priests who have substantiated claims against them today. A substantiated claim is an allegation that a priest, deacon, monsignor or bishop sexually abused a minor during his appointment within the Diocese. Bishop David Kagen said he chose to publicly identify the priests “In the interest of transparency…

Pope Francis Appoints North Dakota Native Bishop of the Diocese of Helena

Father Vetter is only the second Diocese of Bismarck priest to be named bishop, the first native of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Pope Francis has appointed Father Austin Vetter of the Diocese of Bismarck as the Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, the Catholic diocese for western Montana. The appointment was announced in Rome and at a news conference in Bismarck. Father Vetter is only the second Diocese of Bismarck priest to be named bishop, the first native of…

Diocese of Bismarck Announce the Passing of Bishop Emeritus Paul Zipfel

Paul Zipfel served as the sixth Bishop of Bismarck for 14 years.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Diocese of Bismarck announced the passing of Bishop Emeritus Paul Zipfel Monday after an extended struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He died peacefully at a nursing home near St. Louis. He was 83 years old. Bishop Zipfel served as the sixth Bishop of Bismarck for 14 years. The Diocese of Bismarck says he will be remembered for…