Spiritan News

The Passing of Fr. Len Tuozzolo, C.S.Sp.

BETHEL PARK, PA – November 5, 2015

Tuozzolo-students 001We are saddened to announce the passing of Fr. Leonard J. Tuozzolo , C.S.Sp. who died peacefully on November 5, 2015 at Libermann Hall in Bethel Park, PA. He was 83 years of age.

Father Tuozzolo was born June 26, 1932 in Woodside NY.  He professed his vows as a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit on August 22, 1954 at Holy Ghost Novitiate in Ridgefield, CT and was ordained to the Priesthood June 4, 1959 at St. Mary’s Seminary, Ferndale in Norwalk CT.

Father Len’s first assignment was to Sacred Heart Parish, Emsworth PA (1961-1964); he was named Vocation Director (1964-1966) and Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph’s Bay Tuozzolo_FrLeonard-02 001 City MI (1966-1971) until he once again took on the position of Vocation Director and Chaplain at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (1971-1975).  He was pastor of St. Patrick Parish Charleston SC (1975-1978), National Director of the Missionary Vehicle Association (1978-1981) and then travelled to Kenya, East Africa to work in the Ilkerin Mission with fellow Spiritan Fr. Eugene Hillman.  Upon his return to the States from 1982-1999 he ministered in St. Benedict the Moor, Detroit MI, St. Joseph, Bay City and was pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist NY where he served for twelve years.  In 1999 he became Director of the Spiritan Foundation, the former fundraising division of the Congregation, and in 2002 was appointed Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington, VA.  Fr. Tuozzolo retired to Libermann Hall in 2009.

Fr. Tuozzolo was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Margaret Telesco Tuozzolo and his sister Marian. He is survived by his brother John Tuozzolo of Long Island, NY, and sister Laura Brenn of Ridge NY, and many nieces and nephews and loving friends.

Tuozzolo_Tunney_KellyThere will be viewing in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel at the Spiritan Center, 6230 Brush Run Road, Bethel Park on Monday November 9 from 3-5pm and Tuesday November 10 from 9-10:45am followed by Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 am and lunch.  Burial will take place at the Spiritan Cemetery on the grounds of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem PA on Wednesday November 11 at 12:00 noon.

Condolences may be sent to Father’s sister, Laura Brenn, 306 Kingston Ct., Ridge NY 11961

In memory of Fr. Tuozzolo donations may be made to the Spiritans, 6230 Brush Run Road, Bethel Park PA 15102 designated for retirements or for the education of future Holy Spirit Fathers and Brothers.


There will be a Memorial Mass for Fr. Tuozzolo at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Harlem, NY (65 W. 138th Street, New York, NY) on Sunday, November 15th at 11:15 am.  Fr. Tuozzolo served as pastor of St. Mark’s Parish from 1987-99.

Also, Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington, Virginia (2700 S. 19th Street, Arlington, VA) will offer a Memorial Mass on Friday, November 20th at 7:30 pm.  Fr. Tuozzolo served as pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish from 2002-09.