Prominent Minnesota Catholic School Leader Says He is in a Gay Relationship, Resigns

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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.

“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.

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