Funeral Mass Livestream With sorrow, the Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has announced the death of Reverend Frederick Lukehart on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Father Lukehart’s
With sorrow, the Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has announced the death of Reverend Frederick Lukehart on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
Father Lukehart’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Columba Cathedral with viewing from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is requested that all those in attendance observe social distancing and proper health protocols.
Father Lukehart was 85 years old and is survived by his nephews: Robert (Jeanne) White, Jeffrey (Sharon) White, Douglas (Kelly) White, David (Kara) White and John (Jenifer) White.
Father Lukehart was born on December 28, 1936, in Erie Pa., the son of George and Katherine Thompson. He attended Harding School in Erie, Pa., and Strong Vincent and Cathedral Prep High School, prior to entering Gannon College. He attended St. Bonaventure College in Olean, N.Y., earning a bachelor of arts degree. He continued his studies at Saint Mark’s Seminary in Erie Pa., and completed his theology studies at Christ the King Seminary in Olean, N.Y. He also earned a master’s degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C.
He was ordained on April 21, 1963, by Bishop James W. Malone at Saint Columba Cathedral.
Following ordination, Father Lukehart served as associate pastor at Youngstown Saint Brendan Parish. In June 1964 he joined the faculty of Ursuline High School in Youngstown. In 1966 he was assigned to the faculty of Central Catholic High School in Canton and in 1971, he joined the faculty of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. In 1972, he returned to Central Catholic High School as principal. In 1976, Father Lukehart became pastor of Saint Francis Cabrini Parish in Conneaut. He served there for fourteen years before being named pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Austintown in July 1990. In November 1998, he was named pastor of Christ Our King Parish in Warren. He retired on August 1, 2008.
Father Lukehart was 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as Defender of the Bond for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal; a member of the Priests’ Personnel Board; Dean of Trumbull County Deanery; and Board Member for Saint Joseph Hospice in Louisville. He also served as chaplain for the Serra Club of Youngstown and was member of the Youngstown Vocation Society.
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