Fmr. Chicopee Priest Removed from Ministry After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

May 21, 2014

ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN, PA (WGGB) – A reverend, who spent some time at parishes in Chicopee, was removed from active ministry this past weekend, due to allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1980s.

Reverend Michael Lewandowski was assigned to both St. Stanislaus Basilica and St. Anthony of Padua parishes in Chicopee during the 1990s. But no complaints against the priest were made during his time in western Mass.

Mark Dupont of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said in a statement, “that diocese undertook this action because of Fr. Lewandowski’s suspension by the Conventual Franciscans of Our lady of the Angels Province in Elliot City, Maryland resulting from an allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1980’s elsewhere.”


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