Fr. Peter M. Muhich named as new bishop for Rapid City Diocese
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Pope Francis has named Father Peter M. Muhich, rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, Minnesota, to be the new bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota.
The announcement of Bishop-designate Muhich’s appointment was made May 12, the day before his 59th birthday. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment in Washington.
According to the Rapid City Diocese website, Fr. 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-elect Muhich was ordained a priest on September 29, 1989 for the Diocese of Duluth. He has served as an associate pastor and pastor in parishes across the diocese, most recently as Rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary for the last 11 years as well as Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea parish in Duluth for the last six years.
The Diocese of Rapid City has been without a bishop since July 2019 when Bishop Robert D. Gruss was installed as bishop of Saginaw, Michigan.