Muenster, Saskatchewan

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Village of Muenster
St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter's Cathedral
Village of Muenster is located in Saskatchewan
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster is located in Canada
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster
Coordinates: 52°11′28″N 104°59′42″W / 52.191°N 104.995°W / 52.191; -104.995
Census division15
Rural MunicipalitySt. Peter
Post office founded1903 [1]
Incorporated (Village)1908 [2]
Incorporated (Town)NA
 • MayorReva Bauer
 • AdministratorRose M. Haeusler
 • Governing bodyMuenster Village Council
 • Total1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
 • Total422
 • Density317.2/km2 (822/sq mi)
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0K 2Y0
Area code(s)306
HighwaysHighway 5
WaterwaysHoughton Lake

Muenster is a village in Saskatchewan, Canada, located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) 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 become 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]


Canada census – Muenster, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 422 (+23.4% from 2006) 342 (-9.8% from 2001)
Land area: 1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi) 1.24 km2 (0.48 sq mi)
Population density: 317.2/km2 (822/sq mi) 274.8/km2 (712/sq mi)
Median age: 36.6 (M: 36.8, F: 36.2) 36.5 (M: 35.8, F: 37.2)
Total private dwellings: 172 146
Median household income: $15,066
References: 2011[11] 2006[12] earlier[13]


The town's main drag, Railway Street.


Muenster is home to St. Peter's College, an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan. It was founded by the Benedictine monks of St. Peter’s Abbey in 1921.[15] 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[edit]

Muenster church
Michael Hall, St. Peter's College
  • St. Peter's Cathedral features paintings and murals by the artist Berthold Imhoff [16]
  • The skyline of Muenster is mainly defined by the steeples of St. Peter's College and Abbey.[17]
  • Muenster Hill is a popular local tobogganing destination.
  • St. Peter’s College library is the third largest book repository in Saskatchewan.[18]
  • 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.[not in citation given]


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[edit]


  1. ^ Muggli, RM, ed. (2003), Muenster and District Centenary History 1903-2003, St. Peter's Press, p. 256, ISBN 1-896971-26-1
  2. ^ Muggli, RM, ed. (2003), Muenster and District Centenary History 1903-2003, St. Peter's Press, p. 211, ISBN 1-896971-26-1
  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, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  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" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  10. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (German settlements)". Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  14. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 4 December 2010
  15. ^ Brodner, Martin. "The Era of the Abbey Nullius". St. Peter's Abbey. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  16. ^ "St. Peter's Cathedral". Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  17. ^ "St. Peter's Benedictine Abbey, Church and Bell Tower". Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  18. ^ Pete's Report (PDF) (Winter 2006/2007 ed.), St. Peter's College, 2010-04-09, p. 4

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Coordinates: 52°11′27″N 104°59′43″W / 52.19083°N 104.99528°W / 52.19083; -104.99528