Ti priest to retire

Muench admits he'll miss the Ticonderoga area. This has been the longest assignment of his career.

"It's been a very comfortable place to be," he said. "The people have been so very good to me and I've enjoyed my time here. God has always given me good assignments.

"Ti was foreign to me when I got this assignment," he added. "I didn't know what to expect, but it's worked out beautifully. I've never been disappointed I came to Ticonderoga."

Muench has development many friendships while serving as pastor in Ti and Crown Point, especially with neighboring priests Father Richard Sturtz in Schroon Lake and Msgr. Peter Riani of Elizabethtown. For the past decade the trio have spent most Wednesdays together on the golf course, ski slope or on some other adventure.

"I was tempted to go back to Syracuse (his hometown), but I have so many friends in the North Country," Muench said. "I want to stay in touch, especially with my brother priests."

In the church bulletin June 11 Muench told parishioners of the impact fellow priests have had on his life.

"During my priesthood, Ihave been guided and formed by simply wonderful priests who have been teachers and friends along my path," he wrote. "They have all been friends and brothers as well as guides and helpers. I have been blessed. I have had such great friends and teachers."

Muench grew up in Fayetteville, near Syracuse. After graduation from high school he went directly to Wadhams Hall seminary in Ogdensburg and then to St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained a priest May 16, 1959, in St. Mary's Cathedral by Bishop James Navagh of Ogdensburg.

Following his ordination, Muench was assigned to St. James Church in Governeur for a year.

He then went into education, teaching chemistry and physics at Catholic high schools in Massena and Watertown the next 17 years. He also coached basketball and did parish work.

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