With all this talk of the creation of 24 new Cardinals, Fr. Z threw a proposal into the internet ionosphere that the Pope should now and then appoint deserving bishops from dioceses that weren't traditionally held by cardinals. The names of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, MO and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver were quickly tossed up for discussion.
And then it was mentioned that Fargo, our Fargo, yes, that Fargo of the movie, once had a cardinal of its own [for a millisecond].
A priest of the Diocese of Milwaukee, he studied in Switzerland and Louvain (when it was orthodoz) and was appointed Bishop of Fargo by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
Wikipedia: "Pope Pius XII appointed Muench apostolic visitor to Germany in 1946. From 1946 to 1949, he served as military vicar delegate of the United States armed forces, and from 1949 to 1951, he was the regent of the nunciature in Germany. Muench also served as "liaison consultant for religious affairs to the military governor", appointed by Secretary of War, Robert P. Patterson. The German nunciature had been vacant since the death of Cesare Orsenigo in 1946. Muench assumed the de facto role of nuncio before he received the title on March 6, 1951." This was in addition to his duties as Bishop of Fargo.
"Muench's role as apostolic visitor was upgraded to nuncio when the Allied High Commission permitted the Federal Republic to form an independent foreign affairs ministry in March 1951. On March 9, 1951, Pope Pius XII appointed Bishop Muench papal nuncio to Germany with the title of archbishop. Muench viewed it as no small honor to hold the nunciature formerly occupied by Pius XII himself. On March 12, Pius XII moved the nunciature from Eichstatt to Bad Godesberg, outside of Bonn. By April 4, 1951, Muench was named dean of the German diplomatic corps, the first diplomat accredited by the Federal Republic."
"He was elevated cardinal on December 14, 1959 by Pope John XXIII. Muench resigned as Bishop of Fargo on December 9, 1959 just before he became Cardinal. He died in Rome on February 15, 1962 and was buried in Fargo."
As he chose to be buried in Fargo, his "galero", the flat red hat that the cardinals used to wear, is now in the Cathedral of St. Mary in that city. The Fargo seminary is now named after Cardinal Muench.
Aloysius Joseph Cardinal Muench
|18 Feb 1889||Born||Milwaukee|
|8 Jun 1913||24.3||Ordained Priest||Priest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA|
|10 Aug 1935||46.5||Appointed||Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, USA|
|15 Oct 1935||46.7||Ordained Bishop||Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, USA|
|6 Nov 1935||46.7||Installed||Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, USA|
|28 Oct 1950||61.7||Appointed||Archbishop (Personal Title) of Fargo, North Dakota, USA|
|9 Mar 1951||62.1||Appointed||Apostolic Nuncio to Germany|
|9 Dec 1959||70.8||Resigned||Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, USA|
|9 Dec 1959||70.8||Appointed||Titular Archbishop of Selymbria|
|14 Dec 1959||70.8||Elevated to Cardinal|
|14 Dec 1959||70.8||Appointed||Cardinal-Priest of S. Bernardo alle Terme|
|15 Feb 1962||73.0||Died||Bishop Emeritus of Fargo, North Dakota, USA|