Former Levittown Priest Unsuitable For Ministry

Immaculate Conception in 2014. Photo by David Harris.

A former Levittown priest has been found “unsuitable for ministry” by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia after the Church received “a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.”

Reverend Christopher D. Lucas, 63, has worked at thirteen parishes since 1997. In Lower Bucks, Lucas served at Father Immaculate Conception Parish in Levittown and Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills. He served at both from 2010 through 2013.

The allegation dates back to the early 1970s, according to the Archdiocese. Additionally, Lucas was also a minor at the time of the alleged abuse. Lucas was also not a priest at the time.

A press release states the allegations surfaced in the fall of 2018, with no prior accusations. When law enforcement decided not to press charges, the church began its own investigation.

The Archdiocesan Office of Investigations evaluated Lucas’ case and reached a conclusion.

“This board recently recommended to the Archbishop that Father Lucas was unsuitable for ministry based on a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Archbishop Chaput accepted that recommendation and determined that Father Lucas is unsuitable for ministry.”

These findings, published on the Archdiocese website, come just a few weeks after the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office arrested a former priest at St. Michael the Archangel in Tullytown. Former Father Francis Trauger allegedly abused at least two altar boys during his tenure from 1993-2003.

Any person who wishes to come forward with allegations of abuse may contact their local law enforcement or reach out to the Office of Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.