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Father Jerry Punnassery, CMI, Pastor

Pastor, Father Jerry PunnasseryI was born June 26, 1973, in a beautiful southern province of India, called Kerala, which is often called, Godís Own Country. I am the youngest of my family, with two older sisters and an older brother in India.

After graduating grade 10 in 1988, I joined the seminary of the order of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). During my 14 years of formation and discernment, I completed my high schooling, then completed a Bachelor degrees in Philosophy (BPh), Zoology (BSc) and Theology (BTh).

I was ordained a priest on December 31, 2001 in my home parish of Thuravoor, Ankamaly. Soon after I was assigned to a High School as a teacher and administrator, but also helped out in a nearby parish. During that time I completed a Masters Degree in English Literature (MA).

Since I loved the pastoral life, I was assigned to a parish and became a full time Associate Pastor the following year. I left the parish to pursue a degree in Biotechnology (MSc). Once that was completed, I was appointed the Vice Principal of Sacred Heart CMI Public School in India. After 4 years I was moved to Rajageri High School.

It was during this time I visited the United States and Canada. During my Canada visit I was offered the Chaplaincy of St. Josephís Villa, in Dundas, for two months. It was His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, who was instrumental in the Hands of God to bless me with a parish in the Diocese of Hamilton. Rev. Gary Schlack, then pastor of Annuciation of Our Lord parish in Hamilton, welcomed me as his associate. After four years as an associate, I am excited to take up my new responsibility as a pastor at St. Luke.

I am grateful to all those who have held me close to their hearts, and supported me with prayers and unconditional love during my pastoral journey. I especially thank the pastors, office staff and parishioners of Annuciation of Our Lord parish. Trusting in the providence of God, and holding the hands of our Blessed Mother, I am sure I can do everything in Him who strengthens me. Together, let us spread the Good News of Godís divine mercy and forgiving love, wherever we are.

May St. Luke the Evangelist, the patron saint of our parish, bless us all, to be the Good News of Jesusí forgiving love.

Fraternally in Christ,
Father Jerry

Nancy Andrejciw, Secretary

Nancy assumed full-time duties as Parish Secretary in October of 2010. Nancy and her husband are long-time parishioners and have five wonderful children, three of whom are or have been altar servers. She will be happy to answer your calls, and help you in whatever way she can. Her office hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Parish History

CLICK HERE to find out more about the history of the parish, beginning with the building of the church; the addition of the Narthex and Hinsperger Centre; and our Spiritual Legacy.

St. Luke

Evangelist, artist, physician, author, traveller and historian.

He was born in Antioch of Syrian or Greek parents in 31 A.D. As one of the first Gentile converts to Christianity, he became a travelling companion of Saint Paul on his many missionary journeys. The earliest Church tradition identifies Luke as the author of the third gospel that bears his name, and the Acts of the Apostles.

St. Luke is the patron of physicians. His feast day is on October 18.

To find out more about St. Luke, and understand his symbols, CLICK HERE.

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