Three Churches, Two Parishes, One Faith Community
Christ the Light of the World Parish was founded on February 13, 1994 as part of a bold project of Reorganization and Revitalization of all the churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This especially affected those areas where there was a loss of population and economic growth, and became increasingly vital due to the priest shortage. Christ the Light of the World Parish was formed by combining two parishes—Holy Name on 1st Street, which was a territorial parish, and St. Hedwig on 5th Street which was a parish for people of Polish ethnicity.
Our Parish is made up of six buildings located between the locations of 1st Street and 5th Street and Kennedy Avenue in Duquesne. Holy Name Church [HN], Rectory and CCD Center are all located on 1st Street. The St. Hedwig Church [SH] and its former Rectory and Office are located at the corner of 5th Street and Kennedy Avenue. The rectory formerly served as a residence for the Whitehall Franciscans, but is now home to Fr. Tom Lewandowski, our Pastor.
Our Sister Parish, St. Joseph, is located on West Grant Avenue and is made up of two buildings—St. Joseph Church [SJ] and Rectory. Fr. Tom also serves as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish.
Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph operate and worship as one faith community.