The Reverend Monsig-nor John J. Lucas, 75, died Wednesday, August 27 at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie.
Msgr. Lucas was born on February 13, 1939 in Grassflat, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael and Veroni-ca (Kuzilla) Lucas, Sr. He is survived by 2 Siblings Michael D. Lucas, Jr. and his wife, Marlene, of Erie, Pennsylvania, Maureen Lu-cas of Girard, Pennsylvania, a sister-in-law Shirley Lu-cas of Niagara Falls, New York, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Fol-mar, a brother, Andrew Lu-cas, and an infant sister, Agnes Lucas.
After attending ele-mentary school in Grassflat and high school in Cooper Township, Pennsylvania, he entered St. Mark Sem-inary in Erie and attended Gannon College (1957-1959). He received his major seminary forma-tion at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Erie on May 27, 1965 in St. Peter Cathedral by Bishop Frederick Hall.
Msgr. Lucas began his priestly ministry as a teach-er at Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, while serv-ing as weekend assistant at Holy Family Parish, where he remained until 1967. In 1967, he was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Tho-mas Parish in Corry (1967-1980). He was ap-pointed Pastor of St. Hippo-lyte Parish in Guys Mills in 1980 and subsequently served as pastor at Our Lady Queen of the Ameri-cas in Conneaut Lake (1985-1998) and Holy Redeemer Parish in Warren (1998-2012). He was paro-chial administrator of St. Peter Parish, Conneautville in 1997. Msgr. Lucas served the Diocese as Dean of the Meadville Deanery for four years and of the Warren Deanery for more than a decade. He was also a member of the priests sen-ate.
Msgr. Lucas was an ac-tive member and spiritual director of Cursillo in Crawford County, chaplain to the Knights of Columbus in Corry and a Fourth De-gree Knight himself.
On October 27, 1996, Msgr. Lucas was made a Chaplain of His Holiness by Bishop Donald Traut-man, with the attendant ti-tle of Monsignor.
He retired from active ministry in 2012, but con-tinued to assist with parish Masses throughout the Erie region.
Visiting hours will be on Monday, September 1 at Holy Redeemer Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, Pennsylvania from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., with the celebra-tion of Evening Prayer be-ginning at 7:30 p.m. A Fun-eral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am Tuesday with The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop of Erie, as the main celebrant. Burial will be at St. Gregory Roman Cathol-ic Cemetery in North East, Pennsylvania.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bishop Michael J. Murphy Residence for Retired Pri-ests, 400 East Gore Rd., Erie, PA 16509. Arrange-ments have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting lewisfuneralhomeinc.com