Office of the Vicar General

The vicar general is a priest who has been appointed by the bishop to assist him in the governance of the faithful within his diocese.  By reason of his office, the vicar general is granted ordinary administrative power and jurisdiction which he exercises vicariously in the name of the diocesan bishop whom he serves.  Historically this office date back to the 4th century, and the 1983 Code of Canon Law established it as a mandatory office in the organizational structure of a diocese.  The vicar general maintains frequent communication with the bishop so that he may always act in harmony with the intention and mind of the Successor of the Apostles.  [canons 475-481]

Meet our Current Vicar General

Fr. Steven Biegler is a native of Timber Lake, South Dakota.  Ordained to the priesthood in 1993, Fr. Steve has held various parish assignments as parochial vicar, administrator or pastor at parishes in Rapid City (OLPH Cathedral), Bonesteel, Fairfax, Ponca Creek, McLaughlin, Kenel, Wakpala, McIntosh, Bullhead, Watauga and Hermosa.  He has served as the Chaplain for the Rapid City Catholic Schools and the SDSM&T Newman Club.  In 2010-2011 he served as diocesan administrator prior to the appointment of Bishop Robert Gruss as the Ordinary of the Diocese of Rapid City.  Currently he is the pastor of Our Lady of the Black Hills, Piedmont.  Also, he serves on the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors and various other committees.


S.T.L.       Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome), 2007.
S.T.B.       Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), 1992.
B.A.          St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN