History of St. Luke Parish

Pastors:
Rev. John Klaes (pastor of St. Isidore) 1960-1963

Rev. John Sullivan (first pastor of St. Luke) 1963-1969

Rev. John Kosmal 1969-1972

Rev. Thomas White 1972-1980

Rev. Richard Prodehl 1980-1992

Rev. Thomas Schutter 1992-2011

Rev. Danillo Soriano 2011-Present

Shortly after the village of Carol Stream was incorporated, St. Luke became the first church in the village beginning as a mission of St. Isidore Parish in 1960. Rev. John Klaes, pastor of St. Isidore's, guided the early years of St. Luke. In 1963 St. Luke was named as a parish with Father John Sullivan named as first pastor.

The parish grew in the 1970's and '80's as many young families moved to the area. During this time many changes that grew out of Vatican II were taking place that changed how we look at church. Lay ministries began to be developed. Lay people were taking on more active roles at St. Luke's becoming proclaimers of the Word, Eucharistic ministers, ministers of hospitality (no longer ushers) and members of the Parish Coordinating Council.

In the 1970's the school was closed and the convent became the parish center. Our pastors during these early years rented houses in the neighborhood around St. Luke's. Along with Father White came Sister Josephine Sincek who became the first parish pastoral associate. She was joined few years later by Sister Mary Estelle Postthast.

The 1970's saw the beginnings of a few events that continue to this day. The Anniversary Mass began in the early 1970's. It was moved around from fall to spring to summer until now when it is celebrated on the Sunday near St. Valentine's Day. At about this same time support of the Children to Children toy collection began. This annual collection takes place every year in early December.

Through the years St. Luke's has had a Fashion Show, CCW Christmas Silent Auction and Potluck, Nite Gallery, St. Luke Dinner Theatre, parish picnics, steak frys, Vegas Nights, Jericho Jump and Hayloft Hoedown to name a few events designed to get the parish together.

The people of the parish have always gotten the job done. This was evident early on when the men of St. Luke's Holy Name Society built the first baseball field for Carol Stream and helped organize the Carol Stream Boys Baseball Association that is still in existence today. Over the years parishioners have taken on laying asphalt on the parking lot, building the garage for the convent/parish center, taking down the walls for Jericho, and laying the brick walkway in front of church. It continues today with the Gardening Angels in the summer who keep the grounds beautiful and the Snow Angels in winter who brave the cold and snow to keep the walkways clear. The spirit of St. Luke is always evident.

Office Phone Number: (630)668-1325

Address: 421 Cochise Ct