DULUTH – A former Minnesota priest accused of child sexual abuse has died.
Reverend David Tushar, 72, died on December 23 in Las Vegas, where he was living in retirement. Born in Eveleth, Minnesota, Tushar served as a priest in northeastern Minnesota for nearly 35 years before being put on leave in 2019 pending an investigation into allegations of abuse in a precedent. placement.
The allegations were related to his previous service as a Father of the Holy Cross and a Catholic school teacher in Niles, Ill., From 1978 to 1979. After Tushar was found to be “credibly accused” by the Diocese of Duluth in 2019, the case was referred to the Vatican. He was also removed from the ministry and his clergy privileges revoked.
Tushar attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia, the University of Our Lady of Indiana, the Gregorian University of Rome, and the Catholic Theological Union and Loyola University of Chicago. He was ordained a priest for the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1976.
He served in several communities in Minnesota, including Grand Rapids, Chisholm, Effie, Bigfork, Cloquet, Carlton and Sawyer. He also held several diocesan positions.
A private funeral will be held for Tushar in Carlton and his interment will be in Gilbert Cemetery in Gilbert.