Rev. Thomas J. Luckay

Summary of Case: Luckay's name appeared on a list released by the diocese of Cleveland in 2002 as having been removed from ministry due to allegations of abuse of minors. He is not indexed in the Directories after 1991.

: 1965


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966), followed by Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)

1971 St. Wenceslas' Maple Heights OH

4/4, 3/3, 3/4, 2/4


St. Wenceslas' had a school with 1,129-854 students.
1971 1973 St. Ignatius' Cleveland (Antioch) OH 3/3, 2/4 St. Ignatius' had a school with 930-794 students.
1973 1974 St. Philomena's Cleveland OH 2/4 St. Philomena's had a school with 190 students.


Issenmann was replaced as bishop by James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980)

1975 St. Margaret Mary's Cleveland (South Euclid) OH 3/4 St. Margaret Mary's had a school with 665 students.
1975 1976 SS. Cyril and Methodius' (Slovak) Cleveland OH



SS. Cyril and Methodius' had a school with 181 students.
1976 1977 St. Margaret Mary's Cleveland (South Euclid) OH


Director of Religious Education

St. Margaret Mary's had a school with 565 students.


Anthony Michael Pilla succeeded Hickey as bishop (1980-2006)

1991 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Cleveland (East Side)

• Luckay was on a list, released in 2002 by the diocese, of retired or former priests who were no longer in active ministry due to past allegations of abuse of children. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
April 9, 2002)

OH 1/2, 1/1 Luckay is no longer indexed in the Directories after 1991.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-1991)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 30, 2009.