WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pope Francis has named Monsignor Daniel H. Mueggenborg, a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Msgr. Mueggenborg currently serves as pastor of Christ the King Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He fills the position left open when Bishop Joseph Tyson was installed as the seventh Bishop of Yakima May 31, 2011. Msgr. Mueggenborg's ordination is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, April 6, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Msgr. Mueggenborg was born April 15, 1962 and raised in rural Oklahoma where his family was involved in the farming and ranching industry. He has three brothers (Norbert, Bernard, and Patrick) and three sisters (Barbara, Patricia, and Catherine). His parents, Paul (1917-2010) and Dolores (1930-1995), are both deceased. He enjoys mountain biking and hiking. His love for the outdoors developed through his rural upbringing and his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America where he earned the Eagle rank. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and hiked a substantial portion of the Camino de Santiago. He recently authored a three-volume series of reflections on the Sunday Gospel readings entitled, “Come Follow Me” (Gracewing, London).
Msgr. Mueggenborg attended Oklahoma State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1984, and pursued seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College, 1985-1989. He holds a bachelor degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1989, where he also earned a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) in biblical theology, 1990. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa in 1989.
Assignments after ordination included: associate pastor at Church of St. Mary, Tulsa, 1989, and at St. John Church, Bartlesville, 1990-1991; chaplain, Bishop Kelley High School, and associate pastor, Saint Pius X Church, Tulsa, 1991-1995; administrator pro-tempore, Saint Cecilia Church, Claremont, 1994-1996; pastor at Church of the Magdalene, Tulsa, 1996-2001, and St. Clement Church, Bixby, 2001-2005; assistant director of formation advising and formation advisor, Pontifical North American College, Rome, 2005-2006.
In 2004, Pope John Paul II named him a "Chaplain of His Holiness," carrying the title of “monsignor.”
The Archdiocese of Seattle comprises 28,731 square miles in the state of Washington and it has a total population of 5,501,540 people of which 583,000 or 11 percent, are Catholic. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has been the archbishop of Seattle since 2010. The archdiocese currently has one active auxiliary bishop, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo.