The Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Seattle on April 6.
Msgr. Daniel Henry Mueggenborg of the Diocese of Tulsa will be ordained at St. James Cathedral in Seattle on May 31 at 2 p.m.
“It is with deep joy that I share this good news,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain wrote in an April 6 press release. “His warmth and affability, coupled with his pastoral experience and competence, will be great gifts to the Archdiocese of Seattle.”
Archbishop Sartain has known Bishop-designate Mueggenborg for 12 years and praised him as “a wonderful addition to the pastoral leadership of the Archdiocese” in a separate letter to archdiocesan staff.
“To say that I am delighted is an understatement.”
“I am humbled by Pope Francis’ appointment to serve as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Seattle,” Bishop-designate Mueggenborg said in the release. “These recent days have been filled with prayer both in gratitude for the Holy Father’s decision and in petition for the strength and grace to fulfill the duties of this ministry.”
Bishop-designate Mueggenborg, who will turn 55 on April 15, is originally from Okarche, Oklahoma. After earning a bachelor’s degree in geology from Oklahoma State University, he studied pre-theology at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and earned degrees in theology and biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tulsa in 1989.
He has served as pastor of three parishes including Christ the King in Tulsa, where he has been since 2011. He has held several diocesan leadership positions and was a faculty member of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
“We congratulate Msgr. Mueggenborg on his appointment and knowing we will miss him, we wish him a fruitful ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle,” said Tulsa Bishop David A. Konderla in an April 6 statement.
Bishop-designate Mueggenborg was set to meet Seattle archdiocesan staffers at a luncheon April 6 and participate in the archdiocese’s Chrism Mass that evening.
When he is ordained, Bishop-designate Mueggenborg will become the Archdiocese of Seattle’s second auxiliary bishop, along with current Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo. The archdiocese previously had two auxiliary bishops before Bishop Joseph J. Tyson became bishop of the Diocese of Yakima in 2011.
Auxiliary bishops assist a Catholic diocese or archdiocese’s bishop with diocesan duties.