This book includes remembrances of a nationally known priest (Ron Lewinski) by over sixty individuals, both clergy and laity (see list below).
Fr. Lewinski passed in 2017 and had been a priest in the Chicago Archdiocese for 45 years. One contributor knew Lewinski for only a few hours, while others knew him for over six decades.
The book is edited by D.J. Kennebeck, author of The Pivotal Pastor. Ranging in length from two sentences to over four pages, each recollection provides insights into the pastor, priest, or man that the contributor knew.
The collage of verbal portraits gives perspectives on Lewinski's ambition, dedication, sincerity, visionary leadership, sensibility, zealousness, and humor. Contributors include a childhood friend, teachers, parishioners, and fellow clergy from newly ordained priests to Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago.
This is not a biography, per se, but tells Lewinski's life story in its own way. The author has excluded page numbers and an index in favor of a Concordance. Thus the reader can identify topics unique to, or shared by, contributors regarding the man that they individually knew.
The book is intended as a companion to The Pivotal Pastor. The author recommends reading the book only a few short "chapters" at a time as a way to appreciate each perspective for its own unique value.
VIEW IMAGES RELATED TO REMEMBRANCES IN THE BOOK.
READ THE EDITOR'S REFLECTIONS ABOUT "REMEMBERING RON LEWINSKI"
READ NOTES BY THE EDITOR ABOUT CONTRIBUTOR'S REMEMBRANCES.
REVIEW A LIST OF SOME TOPICS FROM THE CONCORDANCE OF THE BOOK
Paperback, 200 pp. Black & White. ISBN 9798986666877.
Release date: April 10, 2023.
Mike & Kathleen Arata, Parishioners
David & Jean Bailey, Former Parishioners
Kathi & Tony Barrett, Parishioners
Ken Behm, Parishioner
Fr. Britto Berchmans, Friend of Fr. Ron
Fr. Gerard Broccolo, Former professor at Mundelein Seminary
Angela Bujan, Former Parishioner
Msgr. John Canary, Former Archdiocesan Vicar General of the Chicago Archdiocese
Diane Ciesielski, Fr. Ron’s sister
Paul Ciesielski, One of Fr. Ron’s nephews
Sr. Agnes Cunningham, Patristics instructor of Fr. Ron at Mundelein Seminary
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago
Fr. Larry Dowling, Board President of the ACTA Foundation
Carole Eipers, National Catechetical Advisor for William H. Sadler Inc.
Bishop Franz-PeterTebartz-van Elst, Curia-Bishop in the Vatican
Pat & Donna Fahey, Friends of Fr. Ron
Fr. Robert Fedek, Priest Secretary to Cardinal Cupich
Deacon Howard Fischer, Director of Parish Operations at St. Mary’s
Roger Fisher, Parishioner
John Gannon, Former parishioner
Sr. Gael Gensler, Former Pastoral Associate at St. Mary’s parish
Bishop John Gorman, Former Rector at Mundelein Seminary
Cardinal Wilton Daniel Gregory, Archbishop of Washington D.C.
Joe & Roni Hertel, Parishioners
Ed Hendricks, Former parishioner
Gabe Huck, Former Director of Liturgy Training Publications
Fr. Jerry Jacob, Pastor at St. Mary of the Annunciation
Steve Janco, Associate of Fr. Ron
Sr. Madge Karecki*, Former Pres. St. Augustine College in Johannesburg
Fr. John Kartje, Rector/President at University of St. Mary of the Lake
Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Retired, Bishop Emeritus of the Tucson Diocese
Sr. Elaine Marie Klugiewicz, Fr. Ron’s 2nd and 3rd grade teacher
Ed & Laura Kuderna, Former Parishioners
Fr. Andrew Liaugminas, Priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Dirk Lohan, FAIA, Architect of the ‘new’ church at St. Mary’s parish
Deacon John Lucas*, Friend of Fr. Ron
Bob Lyman, Parishioner
Anthony Markiewicz, Parishioner
Fr. Andrew Matijevic, Associate Pastor at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago
Jon & Sue Matousek, Parishioners
Chris Needler, Author and friend of Diane Ciesielski
Kathy Payette, Parishioner
Deacon Bob Poletto, Deacon at St. Mary’s parish
Msgr. Pat Pollard, Classmate of Fr. Ron
Janice Powell, Parishioner
Fr. Ronald Raab, Friend of Fr. Ron
John Riggio, Parishioner
Jim & Holly Robinson, Parishioners
James Scavone, Former Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Mary’s parish
Fr. Don Senior*, Columnist, Scholar, President Emeritus of CTU
Dave & Jill Stowe, Former parishioners
Dan & Amy Thompson, Parishioners
Fr. Bob Tonelli, Classmate of Fr. Ron
Victoria Tufano, Editor at Liturgy Training Publications
Fr. Paul Turner, Dir. of the Office of Divine Worship
for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Sr. Corine Walsh, Former Principal of the school
at St. Frances of Rome in Cicero, IL
Dan Washburn, Parishioner
Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for
Divine Worship in the Chicago Archdiocese
Jim Wojcik*, Former parishioner at St. Francis of Rome
Fr. Peter Wojcik, Associate of Fr. Ron
Stan Zagula, Parishioner
Jack & Linda Zucco, Parishioners
Dr. Mike Zygmunt, Lifelong friend of Fr. Ron
* Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.