Our Patron Saint
Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea, often referred to as the "Blessed Surgeon," was born in 1877 in the city of Kerch, Crimea, which was part of the Russian Empire at that time. He was a prominent surgeon, scientist, and deeply religious man. What sets Saint Luke apart is not just his medical expertise but also his strong faith and commitment to God. He dedicated himself to the Church and was tonsured as a monk, taking the name "Luke." Throughout his life, he actively worked to combine his medical knowledge with his Orthodox Christian faith, believing that medicine should be practiced with love and compassion.
Saint Luke was widely known for his humble nature, selflessness, and healing gifts, both as a surgeon and as a spiritual guide. People from various backgrounds loved and respected him, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Today, he is celebrated for these exceptional qualities. On June 11th, Saint Luke reposed to the Lord, and it is now our parish feast day, during which we commemorate our patron saint.