Vicar General/Vicar for Clergy

As directed by the bishop, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Fargo may act in the name of and with the authority of the bishop according to Canon Law. He oversees a number of diocesan entities.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph Goering serves as Vicar General and as Moderator of the Curia.  He represents the bishop in the life and ministry of the priests and deacons. The Curia is the Chancery, or Offices of the Bishop, and associated offices. As Moderator of the Curia, Monsignor Goering is, in essence, the ecclesiastical office manager for the diocesan offices.

Monsignor Goering also supervises the Victim Assistance program.

Clergy Resources 

The clergy bulletin, priest substitute list, and access to the policy manual and other useful forms are found on the clergy resources page.

Upcoming Events in 2019

Retreats (registration pending):


June 3-7, 2019: Preached 5-day Retreat, Maryvale, Valley City, Bishop Michael Barber                   

October 13- 21, 2019: Directed Silent Retreat, Hankinson, Msgr. John Essef             

November 4-8, 2019: Preached 5-day Retreat, Maryvale, Valley City, Abbot Marcel Rooney, O.S.B.                               

Note: We have added a new option to have the finance office bill your parish/institution for the retreat costs.  If you choose this route, all you need to do is open the registration form with Adobe Reader/Acrobat.  After completing the form, select "submit" to send your registration by e-mail.  You should probably print the form for your own parish records, but once the e-mail is sent, you are registered, provided there is space available on the retreat.  If there are no open spots, we will contact you to let you know.


Visiting Clergy - Ministry Approval Forms

Clergy who will be doing ministry while visiting within the Diocese of Fargo need to submit a Testimonial of Good Standing from their diocese/congregation.