With one exception, there are no images in this book of remembrances. So, for the visually-oriented or simply curious, here are some reminders of topics mentioned by contributors to Remembering Ron Lewinski.
In 2005, a wooden statue of the Good Shepherd was presented to Fr.
Lewinski by parishioners in appreciation of his service and leadership. It was commissioned from the same Italian artisan who carved the Madonna with Child in the church.
Related remembrance in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Hertel Family
Robed to celebrate Mass, Fr. Lewinski processes toward the altar during the entrance hymn. Having the faithful experience a vibrant liturgy was his pursuit in life, beginning in primary school.
Related remembrances in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Barrett, Eipers, Elst, Fahey, Fedek, Fischer, Gensler, Hendricks, Hertel, Karecki, Kartje, Matijevic, Riggio, Tonelli, Walsh, Washburn, P Wojcik
Celebrating his birthday was one of two annual personal celebrations Lewinski honored. The other date in his life equally important to him, perhaps more so, was the day of his Baptism.
Birthday/baptismal remembrances in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Barrett, Bujan, Cunningham, Canary, Cunningham, Fahey, Hertel, Lucas, Matijevic, Matousek, Raab, Stowe, Tufano, Williamson, J Wojcik
"A Mary-can Gothic" recalls Ron Lewinski's sense of humor. As an homage to Grant Wood's "American Gothic," Lewinski and Pastoral Associate Sr. Gael Gensler posed in front of the 'old' church which was elevated about the same time Wood created his famous painting. A higher church meant installation of concrete steps on which the milk cans and bottles are shown. The new church dedicated in 2002 elim
Architect Dirk Lohan and Pastor Ron Lewinski on dedication day of the new church, April 14 2002. A world-renowned Architect (whose work includes Chicago's Shedd Oceanarium, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field stadium), Lohan credited Lewinski with several design aspects of the new church. Their collaboration resulted in a unique structure honoring Vatican II.
Related remembrances in Remembering Ro
Pastor Ron Lewinski and Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, in the narthex on dedication day of the new church at St. Mary. Cardinal George presided over the ceremony, and subsequently praised architect Dirk Lohan for his work on the building.
Related remembrances in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Berchmans, Canary, Cunningham, Elst, Lohan, Lyman, Matijevic, Williamson, P Wojcik.
Ron Lewinski AKA Monsignor Guiseppe Baccio Gallupe takes questions as a guest during a skit mimicking "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" At one point, he used a lifeline to call Fr. Ron Lewinski for help with a difficult question. The occasion was one of the annual dinners honoring ministries and volunteers. At another dinner, the Monsignor cautioned parishioners about what they could/couldn't inclu
Lewinski's serious and detail-oriented nature manifests here as he arranges gold tiles to be inlaid on the floor of the new baptismal font. (The end result appears on the cover of Remembering Ron Lewinski.)
Remembrances about his sincerity include: Arata, Barrett, Berchmans, Kicanas, J Wojcik, P Wojcik
Fr. Lewinski delivering a homily during mass. His notes, often on index cards, are in his left hand. He often would speak from the front of the congregation, rather than from the ambo (pulpit).
Remembrances in Remembering Ron Lewnski related to 'homily' include: Arata, Bailey, Berchmans, Elst, Hertel, Korecki, Lyman, Payette, Thompson, Tonelli, Washburn, Zagula
Lewinski, and other officiators, donned hard hats during the portion of the Groundbreaking Ceremony in 2000 that was conducted in the field where the new church would be built. He could often be seen wearing it while walking the construction site until the building was dedicated in April 2002.
Related remembrances of 'church' as a building (vs. 'Church' as community) in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Ca
Lewinski enjoyed social occasions despite his natural introversion and shyness. He often took opportunity to encourage everyone, including young adults and children, to cultivate spiritual growth.
Related remembrances in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Arata, Bujan, Canary, Cupich, Eipers, Fahey, Gensler, Hertel, Kartje, Lyman, Markiewicz, Matijevic, Matousek, Stowe, Thompson, J Wojcik, Zucco.
Lewinski chose a different combination of black and white to wear to a parish Gala. They were annual events that offered dining, dancing, and socializing while successfully raising funds to support the parish during the construction phase.
Related remembrances in Remembering Ron Lewinski: Hertel family, Pollard, Thompson, Tonelli, Zagula, Zucco.
Fr. Lewinski typically was not one to refuse a good meal. One of his favorite cuisines was Chinese food.
In Remembering Ron Lewinski: Barrett, Behm, Bujan, Ciesielski, Eipers, Fischer, Hertel Family, Lucas, Matijevic, Wojcik, Zucco.
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