Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated a joyous funeral Mass honoring Father Mike Tegeder at St. Edward's on July 20. Just a few hours after meeting with the press regarding the dismissal of criminal charges against the Archdiocese, Archbishop Hebda spoke of Mike as a "pebble in our shoe", reminding us to stand up for what is just.
Mike Tegeder was a true friend of and to CCCR. His support was unwavering. When the Archdiocese disavowed itself of the organization, Mike was undeterred. Mike advocated for and acted upon issues that needed his unapologetic affirmation, such as lay preaching, financial accountability of the Archdiocese to its parishioners, and inclusive worship to name a few.
In the February 14 Cabrini bulletin, Father Mike shared reflections on his impending death, when he said, "We are not just dust, but, we are stardust. We are all connected and will always be connected. We are on a blessed journey, headed in the same direction; some of us will get there sooner than others. In God's time, it is all the same."
CCCR and the Council of the Baptized shall go forward strengthened in our work inspired by your spirit and dedication. Thank you for blessing our journey, Mike Tegeder.