The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity awarded the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, class of 1966 at the April 28 Mass and award ceremony held in St. Mary’s Chapel. After consideration of the many worthy nominations received from alumni, the committee chose Msgr. Grundhaus as this year’s recipient. He was chosen by the committee to receive this award for his outstanding leadership as a parish priest and for his broad diocesan leadership as Chancellor, Vicar General and other positions of service in the Diocese of Crookston.
Bishop Victor Balke of the Diocese of Crookston, the main celebrant at the Mass, thanked the seminary community for honoring his diocese through the award given to Msgr. Grundhaus. Fr. John Ubel, interim rector, who noted Msgr. Grundhaus’ dedicated service to the people of God and the inspiring example he provides to the seminarians and students who are preparing to serve the Church, presented the award. Alumni, family, seminarians, faculty and staff attending the event extended their congratulations to him at the reception that followed the ceremony.
Earlier in the day Msgr. Grundhaus was introduced and welcomed by the Board of Trustees at their spring meeting. Fr. Ronald Bowers, vice-rector and Professor of Canon Law at the seminary, reflected on his observation of Msgr. Grundhaus’ ministry over the years saying, “He is a good canonist, continuing his ongoing formation in canon law, but also bringing to canonical ministry a pastor’s heart. The last canon of the 1983 Code of Canon Law reminds us that all work with the law must keep the supreme law of the Church in mind, which is the salvation of souls and he has done this very well.”
Msgr. Grundhaus is the Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Crookston. Following ordination he was sent to Catholic University of America where in 1968 he was awarded a Licentiate in Canon Law. He was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese and as Judicial Vicar established a functioning Tribunal.
He has served as pastor of St. Philip’s Parish in Bemidji, the Newman Center at Bemidji State University, the rural mission of Sacred Heart in Wilton, St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephen and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Msgr. Grundhaus has been instrumental in encouraging the establishment of the permanent diaconate and lay ministry leadership in diocesan parishes.