About St. Luke's
A parish family that honours the past, serves God today and has faith for the future.
St. Luke's is the oldest church in Burlington. The land which St. Luke's is built on was given to Joseph Brant, the famous Native leader, for his services to British-Canadian forces during the American Revolution. Brant, who had been an Anglican since the age of twenty, gave the land to his daughter, Elizabeth. She, in turn, donated the land for the construction of a church, the first of its kind in the area.
The original church building was completed in the Fall of 1834, and was consecrated (dedicated) in 1838. The first Rector was the Reverend Doctor Thomas Greene, who remained at St. Luke's for forty years. Doctor Greene, and several other Rectors of St. Luke's are buried in the cemetery. In over 165 years, St. Luke's has only had ten Rectors, several of whom have gone on to become Bishops.
St. Luke's has many stained glass windows, showing scenes from the Bible and many Saints, including St. Luke, of course. St. Luke's also has many beautiful carvings, and the pipe organ was made by the Cassavant Brothers of Quebec, the finest pipe organ builders in North America.
The Arms of The Parish Church of St. Luke, which can be seen on the back cover of this booklet, includes the "winged ox" representing St. Luke, blue waves, which symbolized the waters of Baptism, and a St. George Cross, which represents the first Christian settlers, many of whom were English-born. The motto "I Was Glad" is taken from the 122nd Psalm.
St. Luke's has a tradition of welcoming people from many different places, and many different faiths. It is a parish which celebrates its history, and looks towards the future. Newcomers are welcome, both to visit, and to join our parish community!