IN THE BEGINNING
Defence Colony Parish was first a part of Okhla Parish. There were two Mass Centres - one at the residence of one Mr. Dunn and the other at the residence of St. Paul Fathers
"I can tell you some interesting stories of the beginning of the parish. You know that Defence Colony is so called because the colony came upon plots allotted to the Defence Personnel (Navy, Air Force and Army) for constrction of personal habitations. Some plots were large, especially in the D Block, and others small. The plot B-68 was allotted to an Army Major. But he could not construct the house because he died of a heart attack. Some time later the plot was acquired by another person who also died of a heart attack. And the plot remained vacant because no one would purchase it. That was the time we were looking for a plot. When Fr. Charles and Fr. Pascal Rodrigues came to know of the vacant plot, the Church decided to acquire it. The plot was purchased and a "residence" was put up, since it was a residential area. The residence was called St Luke's Residence. However, it was used as a church, and a new parish was erected, with Fr Pascal Rodrigues as the first Parish Priest. The church-residence was blessed in March 1979."
HOW IT BEGAN
"But six months later Fr Pascal also died of a heart attack, the third one in a row. Since I was known to be a person without a heart, I was asked to succeed Fr Pascal as Parish Priest. Everyone waited for my death, but not only did I not die of a heart attack, but went on for ten years to be the Parish Priest! Finally the people got fed up of me, and I myself asked for a transfer. I was, in 1990 transferred as Assistant Parish Priest of Kingsway Camp. I was succeeded by Fr Thomson Panakkal, who was succeeded by Fr Joseph Kudilil"
AS DOCUMENTED BY
FR. GEORGE KUREETHRA
Parish Priest of St. Luke's Church from the year 1979 - 1990
History written down on 20th May, 2008.