Banned Priest Passes Away

Detroit Free Press [Michigan]
January 4, 2007

The Rev. Walter Lezuchowski, whom the Vatican banned in 2005 from dressing or working as a Catholic priest, died Friday in Rochester at age 74, an official of the Archdiocese of Detroit said.

Details were scant, but the priest's death was attributed to natural causes.

Lezuchowski was ordained in 1959, but was barred from parish ministry in 1991 after a complaint that he had abused a girl. Yet officials discovered him in 2002 working as a fill-in at St. Ronald in Clinton Township.

He left active ministry that year, and Cardinal Adam Maida's decision to permanently ban him was approved by the Vatican in 2005.

He once served parishes in Detroit, Hamtramck, Dearborn Heights, Romulus and Rochester, and he worked as a hospital and prison chaplain.

His body has been cremated, the archdiocese said. A memorial mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Parish, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester.


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