Priest suspended in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

From CDT staff reportsMay 18, 2014 

— The Rev. Michael Lewandowski has been suspended from public ministry as a result of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor that occurred in the 1980s, according to a news release from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Lewandowski had served in the diocese since 1997 as pastor of St. Anne Parish in Davidsville.

According to the release, the diocese received notice from the Order of Friars Minor Conventual that the action had been taken in accordance with church policies for the protection of minors.

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, according to the news release, has withdrawn Lewandowski’s “faculties to function as a priest in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown,” and the Franciscan Order is unaware of any other allegations of misconduct against Lewandowski.

Parishioners were informed at weekend Masses.

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