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St Luke's Church Delhi

St. Luke’s Church in Defence Colony was established by Archbishop Angelo Innocent Fernandes, Archbishop of Delhi, in the year 1978. St. Luke Church is a Roman Catholic church in Delhi and is also one of the most revered Christian shrines in the city. The church is named after the patron saint Luke - the only non-jew who gave his significant contribution to the New Testament. If we talk about the history of this place, the church has a unique story associated with its establishment in Defence Colony. The reason behind the name of this particular colony is that during the time of its establishment, the plots here were only be allocated to defence people from all the three wings - Air Force, Navy, and Army. Besides, the plot where the church stands today was earlier allotted to an Army major who died because of a heart attack. The plot was later acquired by another person who also suffered a heart attack and died. As a result of this, the land was rejected by the people as a curse because of the deaths of the previous two owners. This was the time when Fr. Charles and Fr. Pascal Rodrigues were looking for some property in Defence Colony with a purpose of building a church. They came to know about this vacant place and the church decided to acquire the property. Because it was a residential region, the place was used earlier as a residential house with a name St. Luke’s residence.

Later, a new (which is the present church) church was built here. However, Father Pascal also died after six months of purchasing the plot. Thereafter, Father George took the responsibility of the church and managed it for whole long 10 years. At present, the church is located in the near proximity to various hospitals in Delhi, and thus, a major chunk of parishioners are people from medical community which also include doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff. Festivals like Christmas and Easter are celebrated at the church with great devotion and attracts a large gathering of people for all regions. Besides, the church is also thronged with devotees, mainly the church’s members, on Sundays. Not just this, the church also observes Sunday school for children to impart them about Christianity along with the moral values. However, the teachers are fathers, parents, nuns and volunteers from the church itself. Moreover, the church hosts masses in English, Hindi, and Malayalam language.

Location Address

B-68, Defence Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110024

Opening/Closing Timings

The mass timings of St. Luke’s Church, Defence Colony changes in both summer and winter season.


  • Weekdays: 6:00 AM (English) and 6:30 PM (English)
  • Saturdays: 6:30 AM (English) and 6:00 PM (English)
  • Sundays: 6:30 AM (Hindi), 10:00 AM (English), 4:30 PM (Hindi), 6:00 PM (English)
  • Winter:

    • Weekdays: 6:45 AM (English) and 6:30 PM (English)
    • Saturdays: 6:30 AM (English) and 6:00 PM (English)
    • Sundays: 7:00 AM (Hindi), 10:00 AM (English), 4:30 PM (Hindi), 6:00 PM (English)
    • How to Reach?

      Reaching here is neither a difficult task nor complicated. Since the city gives an easy connectivity of metro, you have to board to train to either South Extension or Lajpat Nagar; both serve as the nearest metro stations to St. Luke’s Church and are located at distance 1.3 km and 1.2 km, respectively. South Extension Metro station lies on Pink Line Metro, whereas, Lajpat Nagar is on both Violet and Pink Line Metro.

      Best Time to Visit

      St. Luke’s Church can be visited any time during the year and it remains open all days. However, it is recommended to plan your visit to this beautiful church during Christmas as it is considered the best time to visit St. Luke’s Church.

      Nearby Tourist Attractions

      There are numbers of tourist attractions around St. Luke’s Church which can be visited after exploring this holy shrine.

      • Hauz Khas Village
      • Hauz Khas Fort
      • Deer Park
      • Lodhi Gardens
      • India Gate
      • Lajpat Nagar Market
      • Dilli Haat
      • Lotus Temple
      • Kalkaji Temple
      • Khan Market

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