St. Luke's Episcopal Church
“In a long life of which nearly one third was spent behind bars, Nelson Mandela saw both hardship and blessing. We today give thanks for his experience of both, for they enabled the advance of freedom in South Africa and throughout the world. The passing of Nelson Mandela marks the end of an era. All who value liberty and justice will miss him. As Mandela himself said, “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” “We at Washington National Cathedral are mindful of Mandela’s role in the fight against apartheid, to which our own Bishop John T. Walker joined his voice. We are likewise grateful for the creation of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission led by the Cathedral’s friend and ally, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Commission’s work was a powerful example of how political leaders can create a more just society by telling the truth-no matter how hard-in love, a value central to the great faith traditions.” “Nelson Mandela, his family, the people of South Africa, and all who carry forward the struggle against discrimination will remain in our prayers as well as on our mission. His life can and should be a reminder to all people that change for the better will always come when leaders serve with perseverance and compassion. To that call we recommit ourselves in his memory and honor.”
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
Congratulations to all celebrating Birthdays and Wedding Anniversaries this week.
ROBOTICS WORKSHOP A product of the S.T.E.M. initiative..
Saturdays, December 7th, 2013 to January 25th, 2014 for students (grades 1-3) - 8 sessions.
Time: 10am -11:00am. Venue: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Hall.
To register please call 646-245-2400. Deadline for registration is Friday, November 22nd, 2013.
All are invited to our 100th Annual Banquet at Marina Del Rey, 1 Marina Drive, Bronx NY 10465.
Date: Friday, December 20th, 2013. Cocktail Hour 9-10pm. Dinner 10pm.
Donation: Adults - $110, Youths – To be announced. Please call the Church office for
more information (718) 882-3060. HAPPY 100th ST. LUKE’S CHURCH!
All are invited to the Annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 4pm.
Venue: St. Luke’s Church
See St. Luke's Scheduled Events for the Month
St. Luke’s Senior Community Program(Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen)
The Church is presently conducting a food drive for our Food Pantry located at 661 East 219th Street. Canned food that is low in
sodium (salt) are requested, and items must be placed in the black container located in the Church Hall.
Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 and there will only be one Service at 9:30am.
Pack and Troop 111 is having their annual Care Package Drive for participants at a local Community Center for Christmas.
Parishioners are requested to drop off their donations in a box in the Church Hall, or on Fridays at 661 East 219th Street by
December 22nd. Items needed are:
Roll-on Deodorant, Body Wash/Shampoo, Lotion, Cologne/Perfume, Scarves, Hats and Gloves. Cash donations are also welcome.
“Help us spread some joy during this season of giving.”
MISSION STATEMENT: We the congregation of St. Luke's Church, pledge to love and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and the sacrements in the fellowship of the Episcopal Church. We promise to give willingly of our time, talent and resources, and to commit our lives to His service, by going out and into the community and world to seek and to serve those in need, and to share with them the Good New of the Gospel.
Founding Members - April 1917
Mr. & Mrs. William H. Witty - Mrs. Julia P. Wilson and Family - Mrs. Bassett and Family - Mr. Joseph Love -
Mr. John Stevenson - Mr. Mitchell - Mrs. Cuthbert - Mrs. Martha Parker.
St. Luke‘s grew out of All Saints Mission which started in June 1914 under the leadership of the Rev. F. Wilcom Ellegor. The first site was the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Whitty, 869 East 224 Street. The location was then moved to the second site at 719 East 217 Street. This mission dissolved in 1919 to be later called St. Luke‘s Mission, which was organized once more at the Whitty's home on November 11, 1921 under the leadership of the Rev. Harold McLean. To quote the late Mr. Edgar O. Wilson's documentary, "It was due mostly to the efforts of Mr. William Whitty that St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Williamsbridge became a fact".
In November of 1921, the group moved to a third site, 726 East 223rd Street, and was officially sanctioned by the diocese.
Fr. McLean served for eight years and was succeeded by the Rev. Claudius Nero (1929-1936). The mission continued
to grow, but due to the many cures then under Fr. Nero, his time with the mission was limited. St. Luke's mission
needed a full-time pastor; therefore the diocese appointed the Rev. Arthur Best in 1936. At a Bronx Archdeaconry
meeting in the mission, the decision was made to purchase the site at Barnes Avenue and 222nd Street for $2,000.00.
Ground breaking was on Monday, November 1, 1937; building construction started November 8, 1937; the cornerstone was
laid November 28, 1937. The building was completed toward the end of 1938 and was dedicated Sunday, February 6, 1939.
This became the fourth site, 767 East 222nd Street.
In 1941, the Rev. Hugh Henry succeeded Fr. Best, having been appointed vicar by the Rt. Rev. William T. Manning. In 1943, St. Luke‘s officially received mission status and was in union with the diocesan convention.
The New St. Luke‘s
Within the next ten years the congregation outgrew the mission. In 1945, five lots were purchased adjacent to the property.
In conjunction with the diocese, the congregation raised monies to break new ground, which was done on June 10, 1950 by
the Rt. Rev. Charles K. Gilbert. The Rt. Rev. Horace W. B. Donegan laid the cornerstone on May 19, 1951, and on Sunday,
July 29, 1951, Archdeacon George Bratt officially opened the church for services. The church was consecrated on October
21, 1951 by the Rt. Rev. Charles F. Boynton, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese. The new St. Luke‘s Episcopal Church became
a parish on January 23, 1956. Fr. Henry became its first Rector. He retired on December 31, 1959 and was Rector Emeritus
from December 31, 1959 to March 8, 1965. Rev. Hugh H. Henry was succeeded by a young man, the Rev. Allan R. Went, who was
a recent seminary graduate.
Rev. Allan R. Went: 1960-1970
Reverend Went had to commute between Bronx, NY and his home in Stamford, Connecticut because there was no rectory. Sometimes he was accorded lodging and hospitality by parishioners. Sometime thereafter, a rectory located at 1064 East 219 Street, was acquired for $16,000.00 through a loan from Westside Federal and Loan Association.
Under Rev. Went‘s leadership, several improvements were made to the church. The old pews were replaced, the altar wall was redecorated, the sanctuary was remodeled, and a new electronic organ was installed. In 1970, having spent 10 years in this parish, the Rev. Went resigned.
Rev. Patrick Walker: 1970-1988
On November 1, 1970, the Rev. Patrick DeSouza Walker became the rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Between the years 1972 and 1973, Mission ‘72, an overall plan for the next five to ten years was developed. The plan included:
Expansion of the Church facilities establishing Youth and Senior Citizens programs and strengthen fellowship
Development and construction Senior Citizen Housing
Development and erection a Community Center Complex.
The period 1972 - 1977 was a time of financial expansion, during which several debts were liquidated including a $12,000 debt on the Rectory and assessment debts to the Diocese. This period also witnessed the growth of the congregation, the development of the Building Fund, as well as a formal loan agreement (June 1977) with the Diocese in the amount of $293,000 for the expansion of the church building. St. Luke‘s merged with St. George‘s Church, located at 661 East 219th Street, where we temporarily relocated until the St. Luke's expansion project was completed. Our new building was dedicated on Sunday, October 21, 1979, by the Rt. Rev. Paul Moore Jr., Diocesan Bishop. Also in 1979, we were awarded a contract for the Senior Citizens Housing, at 771 East 222nd Street.
The Rev. Patrick DeSouza Walker faithfully served his congregation until he departed this life in 1988. He was subsequently replaced by the Rev. Canon Franklin Lionel Reid.
The Rev. Canon Franklin Lionel Reid: 1989-2010
Rev. Canon Franklin Lionel Reid was installed as Rector of St. Luke's in 1989.
Under his leadership, St. Luke‘s experienced great growth, not only in the size of the congregation, but also in the Church‘s spiritual and social commitment. The following groups were formed: the Voices in Praise Choir, Men on a Mission, The Men‘s Chorus, and Boy Scouts of America Troop Pack 111. An Endowment Fund was also initiated.
He encouraged the congregation to be a "caring and loving" church, and by example, stressed the importance of the church's involvement in community activities. He involved himself, and by extension, the church, in activities such as the Bronx Clergy Coalition. Under his leadership, the church became involved in extensive work in the townships of Tanzania and South Africa, reaching out to orphans and homeless children. Canon Reid's motto is "We were all created for each other and not against each other".
Our Organizations serve the church and community to address our spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.
|LOW MASS||Sundays at 7:30 am|
|FAMILY SERVICE||Every First Sunday at 9:30 am|
|SUNDAY SCHOOL||At 9:30 am|
|SUNG MASS||Sundays at 11:00 am|
|LOW MASS||Wednesdays at 9:30 am|
|BIBLE STUDY||Wednesdays at 7:30 pm|
|NOON DAY PRAYERS||Every Friday|
|PRAYER AND FASTING||Every Wednesday|
Sunday, July 7th through Sunday, September 8th Service at 7:30 & 10:00am
We will return to our regular service schedule after Homecoming Sunday September 15th