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Muenster, Saskatchewan

Village of Muenster
St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter's Cathedral
Village of Muenster is located in Saskatchewan
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division 15
Rural Municipality St. Peter
Post office founded 1903 [1]
Incorporated (Village) 1908 [2]
Incorporated (Town) NA
 • Mayor Reva Bauer
 • Administrator Rose M. Haeusler
 • Governing body Muenster Village Council
 • Total 1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 422
 • Density 317.2/km2 (822/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0K 2Y0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 5
Waterways Houghton Lake

Muenster is a Saskatchewan village located 9 km east of Humboldt on Highway 5. Muenster is named after the city of Münster, Germany.


St. Peter's Abbey began in 1903 with the arrival of seven Benedictine monks.[7]

In 1921 St. Peter's Abbey became the Territorial Abbey of Saint Peter-Muenster. The abbot's duties were similar to that of a bishop of a diocese. The Territorial Abbey was suppressed in 1998 to became part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon[8]

The historic territory of the abbey was also referred to as St. Peter's Colony.[9] The villages and parishes in St. Peter's Colony included: St. Peter’s monastery and parish at Muenster, St. Boniface (Leofeld), Englefeld, Annaheim, Bruno, St. Joseph (Old Fulda), Marysburg, Humboldt, Lake Lenore, St. John Baptist (Willmont), Watson, St. Martin, St. Scholastico, St. Patrick’s, St. Oswald Immaculate Conception. Dana, St. Gregor, St. Bernard (Old Pilger), St. Leo (St. Meinrad), St. Gertrude, Carmel, Peterson, Cudworth, Naicam, Holy Family Mission, St. Benedict, Pilger, St. James, and Middle Lake.

The majority of the early settlers in the region were German speaking Roman Catholics from the United States.[10]



The town's main drag, Railway Street.


Muenster is home to St. Peter's College, an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan. It was originally founded by the Benedictine monks of St. Peter’s Abbey in 1921.[14] The college offers a full first year of Arts and Sciences classes and senior classes in several disciplines. Annual full-time enrollment is limited to 150 students.

Muenster landmarks

Muenster church
Michael Hall, St. Peter's College
  • St. Peter's Cathedral features paintings and murals by the artist Berthold Imhoff [15]
  • The skyline of Muenster is mainly defined by the steeples of St. Peter's College and Abbey.[16]
  • Muenster Hill is a popular local tobogganing destination.
  • St. Peter’s College library is the third largest book repository in Saskatchewan.[17]
  • Wolverine Creek runs through Muenster, past St. Peter's College and Abbey.


St. Peter's Abbey is host to the annual Junior and Teen Choir Camps of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation.


Muenster is home to the Muenster Red Sox, a senior baseball team. The Red Sox played in the North Central Baseball League from 1964–2003 and have since played in the Saskatoon Senior League. The community is also active in hockey and soccer.


Notable persons who were born, grew up in or established their fame in Muenster, Saskatchewan:

See also

External links

Village of Muenster website

  • St. Peter's College
  • St. Peter's Community
  • Muenster Village Council
  • Territorial Abbey of Saint Peter-Muenster
  • St. Peter's Abbey website


  1. ^ Muggli, RM, ed. (2003), Muenster and District Centenary History 1903-2003, St. Peter's Press, p. 256,  
  2. ^ Muggli, RM, ed. (2003), Muenster and District Centenary History 1903-2003, St. Peter's Press, p. 211,  
  3. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  4. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System (– Scholar search), retrieved 2012-12-09 
  5. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  6. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  7. ^ "St. Peter's Abbey (short history)". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  8. ^ "Territorial Abbey of Saint Peter-Muenster". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  9. ^ "The German Catholics of St. Peter’s Colony: 1903-1930 By Paul Paproski, OSB". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  10. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (German settlements)". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles".  
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles".  
  13. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 4 December 2010
  14. ^ Brodner, Martin. "The Era of the Abbey Nullius". St. Peter's Abbey. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  15. ^ "St. Peter's Cathedral". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  16. ^ "St. Peter's Benedictine Abbey, Church and Bell Tower". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  17. ^ Pete's Report (PDF) (Winter 2006/2007 ed.), St. Peter's College, 2010-04-09, p. 4 

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