St. Luke's Anglican Catholic Church
Serving Fredericksburg and the
Central Rappahannock Region since 1988
The Faith Once Delivered to the Saints!
An interesting and significant story in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, February 6,
1988, p. 5, col. 1:
“St. Luke’s Anglican Church held its first service on Sunday, Jan. 17 , at the West Stafford
Community Center on State Route 627 in Stafford County.
"St. Luke’s was created under the
authority of the Rt. Rev. William DeJ. Rutherford, bishop of the Anglican
Catholic Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States. The Anglican Catholic Church is
derived directly from the Church of England and follows that tradition.
worshipers attended the initial service. The celebrant was the Rev. Canon Ramsey Robertson-Kendall, rector
emeritus of Christ Church in Warrenton. A native of Scotland, he has had wide
experience in organizing congregations in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean
Islands and in Virginia. He and the Rev. Canon Wallace C. Shields, rector of
St. David’s Anglican Church in Charlottesville, have agreed to provide interim
services for St. Luke’s. Meanwhile, efforts are under way to
establish a more centrally located facility, nearer to Fredericksburg.
"St. Luke’s membership is represented by
about 30 families who come from a wide range of religious backgrounds. Regular Sunday worship is held at 10 a.m.
For additional information call 752-0334 or 371-9473.”
The church thereafter met for some years at the Fredericksburg American Legion Hall in Normandy Village.
The Rt. Rev. William DeJ. Rutherford (center) and the Rev. Canon Ramsey Robertson-Kendall (right) at the old meeting site in the American Legion Hall.
Subsequent Rectors have included the Rev. Robert Harris (1992 - 98), the Rev. Sam Catlin (1998 - 2010), and the Rev. Jeffrey Edmunds (2011 - present).
St. Luke's purchased its present 16-acre hilltop location in 1997, intending to adapt the private home already on the hilltop for worship purposes. The building originally stood on part of what is now the Quantico Marine Corps Base, and was moved to the Warrenton Road in southern Stafford County when that base was expanded!
After the necessary remodeling was completed, the first services at 65 Warrenton Road were conducted on Sunday, September 6, 1998. The Rev. Sam Catlin was the celebrant.
Since that time significant physical plant improvements have been made.
The mortgage was paid off (thanks to Fr. Sam Catlin.) A steeple was added, after being brought from far-out-of-state by Ben Brunell and Lewis Boggs. A magnificent Byzantine-style crucifix was commissioned for the sanctuary, and painted by Maryland artist Deborah Lagarde. A playground for children was built (thanks to David and Connie Vesser). The upper parking lot was paved (thanks to Norma and Lewis Boggs). The lower parking lot laid out (thanks to Donna and Charlie Pringle). And a magnificent 1857 Henry Erben pipe organ was obtained, refurbished, and installed (thanks to Jimmy Baird and David Dutton.)
St. Luke's more recently hosted a gathering of the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen which was well attended.
The organ installation team - left to right: Charlie Pringle, David Dutton, Jimmy Baird and Sam Irish (all members of the parish.)
His Eminence Archbishop Jonah, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America (retired), addressing the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen assembled at St. Luke's.