Fr. Michael M. Lewandowski

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Taught at St. Francis High School in Hamburg and Cardinal O’Hara High in Tonawanda variously during 1976-1991. Worked in Altoona diocese beginning 1997. In 5/14, the order told Altoona that Lewandowski was the subject of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1980s [likely in Buffalo]. Removed by Altoona from St. Anne’s in Davidsville, pending an investigation. Civil authorities notified. At some point, he also worked in the Springfield, MA diocese. A 2019 lawsuit claims abuse by the priest of a St. Francis High student starting in 1979. Plaintiff said the priest would fondle him while they wrestled and would ply him with alcohol. The man said he told the principal of the abuse at the time, but no action.

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