Former Northland priest accused of abuse dead at 72

David Tushar served at numerous Catholic parishes around the Northland.

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David Tushar
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A former Northland priest accused of child sexual abuse has died.

The Rev. David Tushar, 72, died Dec. 23 in Las Vegas, where he was living in retirement. Born in Eveleth, Tushar served as a priest in Northeastern Minnesota for nearly 35 years before he was placed on leave in 2019 pending an investigation into allegations of abuse at a previous placement.

Tushar attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Gregorian University in Rome, and Catholic Theological Union and Loyola University in Chicago. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1976.


The allegations were related to his earlier service as a Holy Cross Father and Catholic School teacher in Niles, Illinois, from 1978-79. After Tushar was deemed "credibly accused" by the Diocese of Duluth in 2019, the case was sent on to the Vatican. He was also removed from ministry and his clergy privileges were revoked.
No accusations were made locally against Tushar. He served at St. Joseph’s Church, Grand Rapids; St. Augustine Church, Cohasset; St. Joseph Church, Chisholm; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Buhl; St. Theresa Church, Effie; Our Lady of Snows Church, Bigfork; St. Paul’s Church, Warba; St. Lawrence Church, Duluth; Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; Queen of Peace Church, Cloquet; Holy Family Church, Cloquet; St. Francis Church, Carlton; and Sts. Mary & Joseph Church, Sawyer. He also held several diocesan positions.


A private funeral will be held for Tushar in Carlton and his burial will be at Gilbert Cemetery in Gilbert.

Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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