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St Luke's not ceasing to feed multitudes

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer
Archdeacon Patrick Cunningham (left, background) of St Luke’s Church in Cross Roads, Kingston, and Leon Golding (centre), suffragan bishop of Montego Bay, greet students at the launch of the 50th anniversary and dedication of the St Luke’s church building earlier this month

Feeding a multitude of poor people every week is no easy feat, but 50 years after the dedication of the St Luke's church building in Cross Roads, Kingston, the leaders of that church remain committed to the task of uplifting less fortunate individuals from surrounding communities.

The Gleaner caught up with Patrick Cunningham, director of the church, during a recent service marking the 50th anniversary since the dedication, and he reeled off a list of work activities the church has been up to.

"We feed upwards of 300 persons per week here at St Luke's on Wednesday mornings. We have a soup kitchen, which operates every other Friday between noon and 1 p.m. These are persons who come from the streets and have various conditions," Cunningham told The Gleaner.

"We are here to respond to their needs. We even partner with the University of the West Indies in providing various social workers for them. Social workers interact with them and help them access various facilities to overcome the challenges they face in life," he added.

All in all, even with St Luke's involvement with education, Cunningham said that everything the church does in the various communities is a part of fulfilling its mission as a beacon for God.

"We address various issues with family life and parenting. Those are some of the things we want to continue. We have a mission at St Simon's in Jones Town. We have that basic school, and we are involved in the community. Our mission is to be a beacon for God," he said.