Monsignor Daniel Joseph Taufen was born on March 1, 1931, in Rockville, MN. He was the son of Edward and Anna Kuebelbeck Taufen. Monsignor Taufen attended John Clark Elementary School, Rockville, MN. He received his high school, college and seminary training at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, OH. Monsignor Taufen was ordained by the Most Reverend Ameleto Giovanni Cicognani at Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, OH, on May 26, 1956. He celebrated his First Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Rockville, MN on June 10, 1956.
Monsignor Taufen served in the following assignments: associate pastor: Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Cloud, MN, June 1956-June 1964; director of the Bureau of Information, June 1964-1973; editor, St. Cloud Visitor, June 1964-July 1979, Post Graduate Studies, Rome; August 1970-June 1972; pastor; Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids, July 1976-October 1988; St. Lawrence, Duelm, October 1988-July 1990, Holy Cross, Pearl Lake, September 2001-July 2005, St. Nicholas, St. Nicholas, September 2001-June 2009. Monsignor retired on June 1, 2009.
Monsignor Taufen was administrator of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, October 1994 until July 1995. He also served in the following positions: chaplain Poor Clare Sisters, 1968-1976; Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Saint Cloud, 1988 until 1994 and 1995 until 2001; named a Domestic Prelate, 1996; Vicar for retired priests 2002 until 2005. Monsignor Taufen was a consultor for the Diocese from 1989 through 2002.
Monsignor Daniel Joseph Taufen died Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Saint Benedict Senior Community, St. Cloud, MN. Msgr. Taufen, a priest of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, was 82 years of age and a priest for 57 years.
Monsignor Taufen was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Albert, Lawrence, Robert, Donald and William and a sister Mary Lou.
A Vigil Service will be on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in St. Cloud.
Visitation will resume Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and continue until the time for the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m, with The Most Reverend John F. Kinney presiding. Burial will be in Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Rockville, MN.