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Orthodox Church in America


Office of Archbishop

Martyr Arethas and Companions

October 24, 2004

No. 423

V. Rev. Andrew Harrison and Parishioners
Saint Luke the Evangelist Church
10700 S. Kean Avenue
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Dear Father Andrew and Faithful Parishioners,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

With thanksgiving to God and with joy I greet you on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of our Saint Luke parish. It is always somewhat amazing to me how quickly time seems "to fly." In some ways it does not seem possible that it is already 20 years since the organization and founding of the mission that would become this parish-yet it has indeed been that many years, and much has, by the grace of God, happened in those years.

As I was considering the history and life of Saint Luke the Evangelist Church, one particular image struck me as particularly meaningful and that is the image of "old become new". Twenty years ago a group of people organized a new mission in a building that was old. That building is 100 years old this year, but has been transformed into a new temple consecrated to Orthodox worship of Almighty God. And this reflects quite nicely that the Church-two thousand years old in earthly terms-has been planted and has grown into a new and vibrant community of faithful and committed children of God in Palos Hills. who in their turn also have become the means for another new Orthodox community to begin its ministry of salvation.

How marvelous are the ways of the Lord! Let us all rejoice and give thanks for the innumerable and ineffable blessings which have been bestowed on us in the Saint Luke parish community.

Invoking God's Blessing upon you, Father Andrew, and upon all the faithful members of the parish, and with every good wish for your anniversary celebration, I remain

Faithfully yours in Christ,


Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest