Office of Bishop

Bishop Peter Muhich

Bishop Peter Muhich (pronounced Mew-ich) was born on May 13, 1961 in Eveleth, Minnesota, to Louis and Sally Muhich.  The second of seven children he grew up in a devout Catholic family on the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota where mining is the main industry.

He graduated from Eveleth Public High School in 1979 and entered St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  He graduated from St. Thomas in 1983 and continued his studies at the American College of The Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium completing an STL (License in Sacred Theology) in 1989.

Bishop Muhich was ordained a priest on September 29, 1989 for the Diocese of Duluth.  He served as an associate pastor and pastor in parishes across the Diocese of Duluth, including as Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary before being appointed bishop of Rapid City by Pope Francis.

Bishop Muhich’s assignments in the Diocese of Duluth after ordination included: Parochial Vicar at St. Francis Parish in Brainerd (1989-1991); Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph, Grand Rapids; Our Lady of the Snows in Bigfork and St. Theresa in Effie (1991-1993). Pastor at Holy Rosary in Aurora (1993-1996); Pastor at Queen of Peace in Hoyt Lakes (1993-1996); Pastor at St. Rose in Proctor and St. Philip in Saginaw (1996-1998); Pastor at Blessed Sacrament, St. Leo and Immaculate Conception in Hibbing (1996-2009). He has served as Pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea and at Our Lady of Mercy in Duluth (2010), and in 2019, he served as Interim Administrator at St. Francis in Carlton and Sts. Mary and Joseph in Sawyer. Bishop-elect Muhich has served as Administrator at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth where he currently serves as Rector.

Bishop Muhich’s ministry in the Diocese of Duluth included service for the Deacon Formation Program (1993); Presbyteral Council (1993-1996); College of Consultors (1993-1996); Clergy Personnel Board (2002-2007); Priest Personnel Board (2007); Diocesan Finance Officer (2009-2011); Spiritual Director at St. Raphael Guild of the Catholic Medical Association (2013); Presbyteral Council (2014) and Vicar Forane of the Duluth Deanery.

Bishop Muhich was ordained the 9th Bishop of Rapid City, on July 9th, 2020 by Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda Archbishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis.

Teresa Spiess
Administration
Bishop's Secretary
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Explanation of the Coat of Arms of Bishop Peter Muhich

In designing the shield, a bishop has an opportunity to depict various aspects of his own life and heritage and to highlight particular aspects of Catholic faith and devotion that are important to him.  A diocesan bishop shows his commitment to the flock he shepherds by “impaling” his personal coat of arms with that of the diocese.

The coat of arms of the Diocese of Rapid City is represented on the left side of the shield.  Three black triangular peaks, called piles, represent the Black Hills of South Dakota.  They are peaked with shamrocks, a reference to Saint Patrick, the patron of the church  in Lead, which served as the first cathedral of the diocese from 1902-1930.  The gold background symbolizes the gold mined in the Black Hills and the wavy white line represents the Missouri River, which forms the eastern border of the diocese.  The green region at the base of the shield represents the rich ranch land on which many South Dakotans rely for their livelihood.  It is charged with a golden circle reminiscent of the Lakota people and their belief in the interconnectedness of all created things.

The personal coat of arms of the bishop is represented on the right half of the shield. The  top left section of the coat of arms of Bishop Muhich has a blue background with a star, representing Our Lady, who is the patroness of both the Diocese of Duluth (Our Lady of the Rosary) and the Diocese of Rapid City (Our Lady of Perpetual Help). It also represents Our Lady of Fatima, whose memorial on May 13th is also his birthday.  The red keys represent his namesake, Saint Peter.  The coat of arms of the Diocese of Duluth is represented in the lower blue section with the yellow cross.  The miner’s lantern represents the Iron Range of Minnesota, where Bishop Muhich grew up.

The motto is inscribed on the scroll below the shield. The phrase is taken from the words of the Lord to his apostles at the Last Supper, after he had washed their feet: “Exemplum Dedi Vobis” (“I have given you an example.” John 13:15)

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