Priest uses skills as former truck driver to help needy

A Pittsburgh priest who once worked as a long-distance truck driver still uses those skills to take items to the needy in northern Kentucky. Several times a year he fills a rented 53-foot tractor-trailer.

“Quite simply, it’s just following the golden rule to love one another,” Father Tom Lewandowski said in a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Catholic, newspaper of the Pittsburgh Diocese. “That’s what it’s all about — sharing love and kindness and charity and being involved with people in their lives.”

Father Lewandowski, pastor of North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville, Pa., collects items from church flea markets. More than a dozen Catholic parishes have contributed things, from clothing to housewares to furniture.

One of his destinations for his truck deliveries is the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa, Ky., founded by Msgr. Ralph Beiting in 1991. The priest, now 83, has been ministering to the people of Appalachia for most of his priesthood.

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