History

About St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s is a Catholic parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Originally an Anglo-Catholic parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the pastor and people of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church [Bladensburg, Maryland] were received and confirmed into the Catholic Church on October 9, 2011, by the Archbishop of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl.

Reception of St. Luke's Parish October 9, 2011 Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Reception of St. Luke’s Parish
October 9, 2011
Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The parish became a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter upon its establishment in 2012, joining with the St. Thomas of Canterbury Society of Washington DC and the St. John Fisher Community of Northern Virginia to form a single parish centered in the Nation’s capital.

In September 2014, St. Luke’s Ordinariate left Bladensburg, Maryland and moved into the city to worship in the historic Immaculate Conception Church. Conveniently located in the historic Shaw district and two blocks from the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro stop, Immaculate Conception now shares its beautiful sanctuary with us while we gather strength to build our own church.

What is Our Mission?

Foremost and always, our mission is the salvation of souls through the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. That is the mission of the Church and all her members.

But, as members of the Ordinariate, we are called to a particular path.

Our founding Ordinary Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson said it best, in a homily at the ordination of one of our
Ordinariate priests:

“…The life we left, while holy and good and praiseworthy and honourable, was incomplete and we needed fullness.….the Catholic Church asks us…to be the first fruits of the harvest of Christian unity.If the Ordinariate is to be anything worthy and worth keeping for the long term, it must be an instrument of Christian unity.”  

It is that simple. We are called to the work of Christian unity. Our Lord Jesus, on his last night, prayed for us, that the unity of Christians may be the image of his unity with the Father:

“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”

As we work for the reconciliation of separated brethren, we ask you to join with us in praying for the visible unity of the Body of Christ.