Mid-Week Reads: Mike Tegeder Obituary

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week.

Jeff Van Wychen
Obituary: Mike Tegeder, outspoken priest and passionate outdoors enthusiast

On July 9, Father Mike Tegeder, a pastor at two Twin Cities parishes and a personal friend, passed away. Mike was a true progressive and a fearless advocate for the oppressed. Mike gained public recognition for his outspoken criticism of the role of the Catholic Church hierarchy in mismanaging—and to some extent facilitating—the clergy sexual abuse crisis. In fact, many of his parishioners were surprised that Mike was able to keep his position within the Church. This obituary from the Strib does a wonderful job of summarizing the life of a remarkable and passionate man who was a really nice guy to boot.