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Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Dickinson, ND

Monsignor Thomas J. Richter is a priest of the Diocese of Bismarck and serves as Pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Dickinson, ND.

Born and raised on a dairy farm near Menoken, ND, Msgr. Richter graduated from North Dakota State University and Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, ND, having studied electrical engineering and philosophy. Msgr. Richter completed priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and during this time completed his theological studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Ordained in 1996, Msgr. Richter's assignments have included high school and parish ministry in addition to service as diocesan Director of Vocations and Vicar for Deacons from 2002 until 2012. His work in the field of vocational discernment has included service to the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and the Institute for Priestly Formation. In 2012, he was named "Chaplain of His Holiness" by Pope Benedict XVI, an honorary distinction carrying the title "Monsignor." In 2016, Pope Francis named Msgr. Richter as a Missionary of Mercy, a role attached to the Year of Mercy.

Msgr. Richter has contributed significantly to the vocational discernment of countless individuals, through spiritual direction, talks, and writings. He has authored several works: Is Jesus Calling You to be a Catholic Priest?, Lend Your Own Voice to Christ, and Integrated Evangelization: How to Facilitate the Encounter with Christ.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter

More from Monsignor Richter on Prayer and Discernment

Every person was created to know, love, and serve God, and prayer is necessary if we are to live this out. Hear more from Msgr. Richter in our "Prayer and Discernment" video series.

Published Pieces

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Actively Receiving, Actively Rejecting

Turning to God involves rejecting that which holds us back from him. Actively receiving and actively rejecting are two sides of the same act of faith.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
May 5, 2022
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Spiritual Bachelorhood

Faith acknowledges the needs of the heart and relates them to Jesus. However, due to original sin, we often sit in self-made aloneness, failing to bring our needs to him.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Apr 28, 2022
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Christian, Not Pagan

As Christians, we need to make sure that we’re getting God right; however, many of us have a pagan vision of prayer.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Apr 21, 2022
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Advent as Reality

Advent is not about slowing down reality to reflect on a fantasy; rather, it is about stepping out of the fantasies of our daily lives to live in reality.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Dec 4, 2020
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Icon of Relationality

The Immaculate Conception and perpetual virginity of Mary serve as the antithesis of the non-relational existence of humanity due to the Fall.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Dec 4, 2020