Fr. Michael Lewandowski (Franciscans) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Michael Lewandowski

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1982      St. Francis High School (Athol Springs, NY)
  • 1982-1989      Cardinal O’Hara High School (Tonawanda, NY)
  • 1989-1991      St. Francis High School (Athol Springs)
  • 1991-1992      Unknown
  • 1992-1994      St. Stanislaus Basilica (Chicopee, MA)
  • 1994-1997      St. Anthony’s (Chicopee, MA)
  • 1997-2014      St. Anne’s (Davidsville, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Lewandowski:

Father Michael Lewandowski was ordained in 1975 for the  Conventual Franciscan order in Ellicott City, Maryland. He worked as a teacher and athletics coach at two high schools in the Diocese of Buffalo until 1991. He moved to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in 1997, where he served as pastor at St. Anne’s in Davidsville for 17 years.

According to media reports, in May 2014, an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in the 1980s was reported to Father Lewandowski’s Order. It told the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and he was removed from public ministry at St. Anne’s in Davidsville, pending an investigation. Civil authorities and parishioners were notified. 

In 2019, Father Lewandowski was named in a lawsuit accusing him of repeatedly sexually abusing a St. Francis High student starting in 1971. The plaintiff said he would fondle him when they wrestled, (Father Lewandowski was his wrestling coach) and give him wine to drink. The man said he told the school’s principal at the time, but no action was taken and the abuse continued.

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