Rev. Thomas J. Lewandowski, Pastor
Fr. Tom Lewandowski grew up in Duquesne, on North Second Street and South Fifth Street. He was a member of the former St. Hedwig’s Parish and later became a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish. His parents taught him that parish ministry and community needed to be a vital part of his life.
With these life lessons in mind, he attended Holy Name School, Duquesne Catholic School, Bishop's Latin High School, Boyle High School and finally Wheeling Jesuit College where he graduated with a degree in Psychology. After college, Fr. Tom found work in various ways—he worked in a restaurant, a loading dock and even drove a tractor trailer for a local trucking company. He later attended St. Paul and St. Vincent Seminary and was ordained on June 24, 2000.
He first served as an assistant at St. Basil and Immaculate Conception Parishes in Pittsburgh, PA. His first assignment as Pastor was at North American Martyrs in Monroeville. He then served as Pastor at St. Camillus Parish in New Castle, PA until being appointed Administrator of Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph Parishes in Duquesne in 2014. He considers it a gift and blessing to minister the very same faith community who formed him into the priest he is today.
In 2015, Fr. Tom became Pastor of Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph Parishes after the passing of the beloved Fr. Dennis Colamarino. He is grateful to have learned from, and worked alongside Fr. Dennis—his mentor and friend for many years. Fr. Tom is committed to maintaining Fr. Dennis's legacy by moving our parishes forward together—sharing our love for God with each other and everyone around us.
Rev. Dennis J. Colamarino
Pastoring Spiritually From Above
For 32 years, Fr. Dennis served the Churches of Duquesne administering sacraments, presiding over baptisms, weddings, funerals, and bringing together a faith-community that is filled with joy and love and genuine caring for one another. He continues to be the inspiration guiding our parishes today.
In 1983, Fr. Dennis served as Parochial Vicar at the former Holy Name Parish and Administrator of the former St. Hedwig Parish, also in Duquesne. In 1994, Fr. Dennis was then appointed the first Pastor of the newly formed Christ the Light of the World Parish. He later began overseeing St. Joseph Parish and served as Pastor of both Parishes until his death in March of 2015.
Fr. Dennis was a popular and beloved priest and during his decades at the pulpit, where he inspired many with his simple, yet meaningful homilies. He was a gifted preacher who always made his sermons relate to the lives of his parishioners. He was also credited with leading his parish to revitalize its worship, restore its buildings and attract worshippers from other communities. But the greatest inspiration he provided was the courage and positive attitude with which he lived the last two years of his life as he battled ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative neurological condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.