St. Luke was a gentile of reek origin. His name, written in Greek on the base translates to Evangelist Luke. The ancient symbol for Luke the Evangelist is the ox. This symbol is also located on the statue’s base.
St. Luke was a dynamic man, a traveler on a journey he shares with all of us – the quest for the eternal. Sometimes God is symbolized by the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet, the Alpha and the Omega, recognizing God as both the Beginning and the End. I have represented St. Luke’s quest for the eternal by his active pose, the right foot climbing higher – a journey toward the Omega. In his journey through life, Luke wrote not only his own Gospel addressed to pagans thirsty for knowledge of Jesus and His way, but he also traveled with St. Paul, and wrote the Acts of the Apostles. In the figure’s pose I’ve included our parish logo, originally designed by parishioner Roy Dupnick, which shows the flame of divine inspiration in Luke’s writings.
My sculpture of St. Luke is made of cement over a Styrofoam and reinforced steel core. It is over seven feet tall and weighs over half a ton.
My prayer is that by weaving all the symbols and rich traditions of our patron saint together in the sculpture, we will all find the joy and peace of St. Luke as worshiping members of our Catholic Community. St. Luke, the evangelist, the person and the parish, present us all with exciting possibilities right here, right now. Enjoy.
by Mary Ellen Rouen, Artist