Bishop Bruce Lewandowski, C. Ss.R. has been selected to receive the “Pope Francis Award”, which will be presented during the charity event “Keep Hope Alive 2021” and will be presented by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago.
This award attributed to Pope Francis honors his (Bishop Lewandowski) unwavering commitment to Pastoral Migratoria and his spirit of service and civic and educational accompaniment to the immigrant community.
His exemplary pastoral approach in all that he does is an inspiration to many people. The main program will be free and broadcast online on Friday, October 29, 2021 at: 8:30 p.m EST.
Immigration Ministry of Archdiocese of Chicago
As disciples of Jesus Christ, rooted in Gospel values and our rich Catholic social tradition, the Immigration Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago answers the call to welcome all immigrants in Cook and Lake counties. In doing so, we build communion between immigrants and non-immigrants as brothers and sisters in Christ and accompany and empower immigrants toward their formation and integration as members of society and people of faith in the one family of God.
The Immigration Ministry serves as a national model to support undocumented and documented immigrants and promote Christ’s desire for communion between immigrant and non-immigrant communities. We strive to create a society where immigrants and their cultural gifts will be welcomed and celebrated, where their families remain united, and where they can rediscover deepen their faith, and become in engaged and involved in the judicial transformation of society.
Bishop Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore
10 June 2020, the Holy Father has appointed as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Baltimore, United States of America, the Reverend Fr. Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., member of the province of Baltimore of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, currently ad interim delegate for Hispanic Ministry of the archdiocese of Baltimore and parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus / Sagrado Corazon de Jesus parish in Highlandtown, Maryland, assigning him the titular see of Croe.
The Reverend Fr. Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., was born on 8 June 1967 in Toledo, Ohio, in the diocese of the same name. On 10 September 1988 he gave his first vows as a Redemptorist for the province of Baltimore. He attended the Saint Alphonsus College in Suffield, Connecticut, and the Holy Redeemer College in Washington, carrying out his theological studies at the Washington Theological Union (1988-1994).
He was ordained a priest on 7 May 1994 in the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
He has held the following offices as religious priest: parish vicar of the Saint Cecilia parish in Manhattan, New York (1994-1996) and of the Immaculate Conception parish in the Bronx (1996-1998); missionary service in Seelos House, Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia, West Indies (1998-2000); pastor of the Saint Boniface parish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2000-2006), of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Kensington, Pennsylvania (2006-2011) and of the Sacred Heart of Jesus/Sagrado Corazon de Jesus parish in Baltimore (since 2016); vicar for Cultural Ministries of the archdiocese of Philadelphia (2011-2015) and ad interim delegate for Hispanic Ministry of the archdiocese of Baltimore (since 2019).