Father Lewandowski suspended due to sexual allegations with minor

By Sarah Rebb
May 18, 2014

DAVIDSVILLE, Pa. -- Officials from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown received notice from the Order of Friars Minor Conventual that Rev. Michael Lewandowski was suspended from the ministry due to sexual allegations that occurred in the 1980s. Lewandowski served in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown since 1997 as a pastor of Saint Anne Parish in Davidsville, Somerset County. Lewandowski was suspended to protect minors and parishioners were informed about the incident during weekend Masses. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak withdrew Lewandowski's faculties as a priest in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Officials at Our Lady of the Angels Province in Ellicott City, Maryland reported the allegations to authorities. The diocese and the Franciscan are unaware of any other allegations that occurred involving Lewandowski.



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