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President of prominent Minn. Catholic high school comes out as gay, resigns

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school resigned last week after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship, according to a letter sent Tuesday to people connected to Totino-Grace High School.

William Hudson’s resignation from the Fridley school was effective last Friday. The letter detailing his exit came from the two leaders of the private school’s corporate board.

William Hudson

“Bill informed us that he is in a committed same-sex relationship and voluntarily offered his resignation,” wrote co-presidents of the board, Mark Motzel and Mary Wilcox. They went on to praise his academic and financial stewardship during nine years at the school, including the last two as its leader.

“That said, leading a Catholic school while living in a committed same-sex relationship is not consistent with teachings of the Catholic Church,” their letter to alumni, parents and others said.

In a statement, Hudson called his resignation a “deeply personal” decision. He said he loved being part of the Totino-Grace community, and reached his decision after “a great deal of prayer, discernment and reflection.”

“Though heartbreaking and painful, I must say that it is freeing to be open about the most important thing in my life and to live an authentic life,” Hudson said. “For over 20 years I have placed service of the Catholic Church ahead of my family. I am excited to now be able focus on my 2 children and my partner of 18 years as my first priority.”

He said he believes God was with him in his journey and his career and blessed him with the opportunity to serve Catholic schools and the church. He had no comment beyond the statement.

Hudson’s biography says he has been president for two years and previously had a top role at the National Catholic Educational Association, which works with 1,200 Catholic high schools around the country. He has held prior r oles as a teacher and coach at other Minnesota Catholic schools.

Totino-Grace named an interim president, Principal Julie Michels, to serve during the search for a permanent successor to lead the 47-year-old school, which has 800 students, almost all of whom are Catholic. Aside from its high academic achievement, the school is a sports powerhouse, having won 23 state championships since 2000.

Minnesota is in the midst of a big shift on gay rights. After voters defeated a constitutional amendment to permanently ban gay marriage, the Democratic-controlled Legislature this spring legalized same-sex marriage. That law takes effect on Aug. 1.

The Catholic Church was among the main organizations that pushed for the constitutional ban and later fought the legislative push that legalized gay marriage.

Monica Meyer, executive director of OutFront Minnesota, a gay rights group, said in a statement that the news confirms “there is more work to do to make our state a place where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.”

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17 more reader comments:

  1. dang… this must have been a huge deal for him

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:02pm
  2. Glad he made his statement. Too bad he had to resign.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:04pm
  3. Sad that he has to resign.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:05pm
  4. My take away from this article is that his relationship was far more important than his job – AS IT SHOULD BE. But I’ll be damned if I can figure out why he’s still Catholic, knowing what he knows about the incredible corruption that permeates that despicable religion.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:05pm
  5. that is sad that he had to resign, so what if he cam out, let him keep his job

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:07pm
  6. Because it’s a Catholic school. Totino Grace is a very religious school district, I’m surprised he worked there that long. They are one of the major areas that were big on supporting the ban.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:09pm
  7. He probably found a better job in a place that doesn’t have institutionalized bigotry.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:10pm
  8. why did he resign? He should have stayed there and become a priest LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:21pm
  9. ooooh now there’s a Lifetime movie of the week!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:46pm
  10. I have nothing positive to say about any organized religion.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:51pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 5:01pm
  12. He can always go to an MCC Church–MultiDenominational and accepts everyone LGBTQ or not.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 5:08pm
  13. congrats for gaining your freedom

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 6:41pm
  14. Not all Catholics believe gays are bad. Only the bad Catholics do.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 9:43pm
  15. I’m freaked out that a high school had a president.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:13pm
  16. I am glad you came out sir. However, I am deeply sadened that you felt you had to resign.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:42am
  17. Amen, you go guy shake up the status’s Qua.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:52am