Former Jamestown Priest no longer allowed to administer sacraments, celebrate religious services, after pleading guilty to sexual assault

WFZG - AM1100 FM92.3 [Fargo ND]

March 9, 2024

By Ty Schonert

A former priest from the Diocese of Fargo has been stripped of his duties after a ruling from the pope on Friday.

The announcement came from the Diocese of Fargo and Pope Fransis, saying Neil Pfeifer, formerly a priest in Jamestown and the Diocese, is officially unable to exercise priestly ministry. This includes being able to celebrate Mass, hear confessions, or administer sacraments under Canon Law. 

Pfeifer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual assault in Sutsman County on July 13th, 2023. You can learn more about the case by clicking here

The Diocese of Fargo says any sacraments performed by Pfeifer in the past are still valid.