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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Longtime Jamestowners may think they know a thing or two about the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church supply priest, the Rev. Denis O’Pray (who is covering services the next three Sundays). Like he is the acolyte holding the cross in this picture at Robert H. Jackson’s funeral at St. Luke’s.
Or that Denis, first came to Jamestown in 1951 when his father was Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown. Or that he is a proud graduate of JHS. Or even that O’Pray had a typical Jamestown childhood, delivering newspapers for the Jamestown Sun, serving as an acolyte at St. Luke’s and working at the YMCA, Camp Onyahsa and Carlson’s Viking foods, which was owned by his high school sweetheart’s father, J. Henry Carlson. He eventually graduated from Hobart College, married Lynette Carlson and moved to Minnesota where he earned his Master’s in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He remained there for 10 years as part of the faculty and Director of the Undergraduate program in American Studies. O’Pray ultimately discovered his calling and came back to Jamestown to serve at St. Luke’s for a short while before he was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1975. He led congregations in Minneapolis, Pasadena CA, and San Gabriel, CA and finally after what he calls a “failed retirement” in Burnsville, MN.
But you don’t know the WHOLE story and here is your chance to learn
On June 30th at 7pm, Father Denis will read from his soon to be published memoir, Witnessing Grace: Memoirs of a Sometimes Subversive Priest, that will be available from ACTA Publishers by the end of the year. Join us in the Undercroft for refreshments and an evening of memories and revelations. The event is free and open to the public.
The reading will also be live-streamed at: www.facebook.com/StLukesJamestown.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown, NY. For more information about the Organ campaign or any of St. Luke’s other offerings, call the church office at 716-483-6405.