As of June 1, 2021, Fr. Lukas M. Laniauskas, SJ will become pastor of Church of the Gesu. Fr. Laniauskas is currently finishing up his final stage of Jesuit formation called Tertianship in Dublin, Ireland. He will return to the United States in mid-March and will work at Gesu Parish in Detroit for a short period of time, before transferring to “our Gesu."
Fr. Lukas M. Laniauskas, SJ was born in Cleveland, OH into a Lithuanian-American family. He is a citizen of both the United States and Lithuania. He attended Catholic schools throughout his life (the former St. Felicitas Grade School, St. Ignatius High School, and Lake Catholic High School). After his sophomore year at Loyola University Chicago, he entered the Society of Jesus in Lithuania. Having completed the novitiate, he professed perpetual vows and continued his studies in the US. Fr. Laniauskas, SJ studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA.
Ministerially, Fr. Laniauskas has served on many non-for profit boards, as a chaplain at youth camps, as a theology high school teacher, theology department chair, director of campus ministry, and as a chaplain for the Berkeley Fire Department.
Fr. Laniauskas has also traveled and led many mission trips and pilgrimages. He recently served as the Vice President for Mission at St. Ignatius College Prep. in Chicago and also served the Lithuanian American community in Chicago, especially at Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis Mission Church in the Chicago suburbs. During his tenure in Chicago, Fr. Laniauskas completed his doctorate at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. His thesis was titled: An Ignatian Encounter with Christ in the Eucharist.
“I am deeply humbled to be appointed to serve as the next pastor of the Church of the Gesu! As a
native Clevelander, I have admired the community of Gesu with its strong and faith-filled community, its successful school, many outreach programs, and mission-centered leadership councils as well as the parish team. I am very excited to be a part of the community and promise to serve to the best of my abilities, after the example of the One for whom the Church is named. Since learning of my appointment, I have prayed for the community of Gesu every day and in the spirit of Pope Francis, I ask for your prayers as well.” - Fr. Laniauskas, SJ
Fr. Kiser’s official last day as pastor will be Easter Sunday. Fr. Tom Pipp, SJ, Rector of Schell House in University Heights, has been named Administrator for the parish from April 5th to June 1st.