George Chisholm presents the Oakville Historical Society's plaque to Gladis Di Paolo in front of St. Luke's historic church building.

The Oakville Historical Society Commemorates St. Luke’s Founding

Last week, The Oakville Historical Society recognized the long history of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Palermo in North Oakville by installing a commemorative plaque on the church building. George Chisholm, a longtime representative of the Oakville Historical Society, presented the custom-built plaque to Gladis Di Paolo, a parishioner and food program organizer, and Roy Campbell, a Community Centre Coordinator at St. Luke’s, on Thursday, November 4.

St. Luke’s is honoured to receive this plaque to commemorate the founding of the parish in 1842, the construction of the church building in 1845, and the ministries and community support that St. Luke’s has brought to Oakville in the many decades since. Generations of local families have found their spiritual home together in this space.

The Oakville Historical Society's plaque, now installed on the front of St. Luke's Church. The plaque reads: "1845: St Luke's Anglican Church, Palermo, established 1842."

In 2016, St. Luke’s completed work on a new community centre building. This community hub has since hosted recreational, cultural, educational, fitness and many other kinds of programs for the entire community. St. Luke’s doors are open to people of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, backgrounds and faiths. After being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the people of St. Luke’s are glad to see community programs returning to our facilities.

George Chisholm inserts screws into the new plaque, preparing it to be installed on the exterior wall of St. Luke's church. He is kneeling on the sidewalk in front of the white vinyl siding of the church.

St. Luke’s is especially grateful to George Chisholm, who installed the custom-made plaque on the church, as well as the board of directors at the Oakville Historical Society. The Society is the official collector of archives for the Town of Oakville, and has preserved and promoted the historical heritage of the town since its founding in 1953. The society has installed plaques like the one at St. Luke’s to commemorate dozens of historic sites in Oakville.

This plaque will serve as a reminder of St. Luke’s rich history as the church continues to serve the community in years to come.