Diocese of Fargo

Jamestown Priest Removed During Investigation Into Inappropriate Conduct

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — An investigation is underway into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Father Neil Pfeifer of the Basilica of St. James in Jamestown. A statement released Saturday by the Catholic Diocese of Fargo says the allegations involve inappropriate conduct with adults. Father Pfeifer has been removed as pastor in Jamestown, at St. Margaret Mary in Buchanan and St. Mathias…

Fargo Bishop: Abortion ruling means North Dakota will be ‘sanctuary for all children’

Bishop John FoldaFARGO (KVRR) – Diocese of Fargo Bishop John Folda says Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade allows states like North Dakota “to once again be a sanctuary for all children, born and unborn.” “Over the last decades, millions of children lost their lives to abortion, and untold numbers of women and men suffered from the…

Bishop of Fargo discusses abortion

The Supreme Court releases some opinions but not the one that has everyone talking: the possible overturn of abortion rights.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Supreme Court releases some opinions but not the one that has everyone talking: the possible overturn of abortion rights. We talked to Bishop John Folda at the groundbreaking for the new Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo. While we all await the decision of Roe V Wade, rallys were held over the weekend….

Armacost defends UND gender inclusion policy

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – The University of North Dakota president responds to what he calls misleading statements from the North Dakota Catholic Conference on its draft gender inclusion policy. The plan would require the use of a transgender person’s preferred pronouns and the use of facilities that align with their gender identity. Andrew Armacost says the gender inclusion policy aims…

Sex abuse claims against ex-Fargo bishop credible, Sullivan Middle School renamed

FARGO (KVRR) – The Diocese of Fargo says an investigation has found that sexual misconduct allegations against former Bishop James Sullivan have been deemed credible. The investigation was conducted by the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.  The allegation involves victims who were minors and took place several decades ago when Sullivan was a priest in Lansing. There have been no allegations made…

NDSU to allow freshmen to live off campus for religious reasons

NDSU Newman CenterBISMARCK (KVRR/KCND) – A subcommittee of the state Board of Higher Education says North Dakota State University must treat requests from freshmen for an exemption from its on-campus housing policy on religious grounds the same as it does any other requests. NDSU requires freshmen to live on-campus, but there are exemptions. The NDSU Newman Center, which provides housing…

Dozens gather for Good Friday event at Red River Women’s Clinic

Diocese of Fargo's Bishop says their mission is to help pregnant women

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — In honor of Good Friday, the Diocese of Fargo hosts the Stations of the Cross devotion in front of the Red River Women’s Clinic. People gathered as they sang, prayed and read scripture to commemorate the holiday. Bishop John Folda says their mission is to help women with their ‘Walking with Moms in Need’ program that…

Ash Wednesday traditions to look different amid the pandemic

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – For some Christians, the season of Lent begins Wednesday and will look different amid the pandemic. Ash Wednesday traditions normally involve swiping ashes on foreheads in the sign of the cross. Following recommendations from the Vatican, the Diocese of Fargo will instead sprinkle ashes on the heads of parishioners. The priest will say his blessing only…

Bill requiring North Dakota clergy to report child abuse withdrawn

BISMARCK, N.D. – A bipartisan North Dakota bill that would have required clergy to be included in state law as mandatory reporters of child abuse has been withdrawn. West Fargo Republican Sen. Judy Lee withdrew the legislation on Friday, saying the bill has become a distraction. The Roman Catholic dioceses in Fargo and Bismarck had opposed the bill.  Private discussions between…

Diocese of Fargo announces the death of Monsignor Jeffrey Wald from COVID 19 complications

FARGO, ND — The Diocese of Fargo announced Monsignor Jeffrey Wald has passed away due to COVID 19 complications. The 56 year old was Pastor of St. James Basilica in Jamestown, St. Mathias Church in Windsor and St. Margaret Mary Church in Buchanan. Monsignor Wald passed away Tuesday, October 27th in a Jamestown hospital due to COVID 19 complications. Monsignor…