The Order of Saint Luke, Saint Lawrence Chapter
The International Order of Saint Luke is an inter-denominational religious order dedicated to the Christian healing ministry, begun in 1932 as the Fellowship of St. Luke, founded by John Gaynor Banks, an Episcopal priest.
The Order is ecumenical, with members belonging to a variety of Christian denominations.
Members engage in healing prayer with those who are physically ill, emotionally troubled or in other distress, often with the laying on of hands. Members may be clergy or lay people, Ministry by members of the Order is seen and experienced as an extension, but not a replacement for other parts of Christian religious observance and practice. Chapters, or groups of members of the Order, meet together regularly to study Scripture and engage in prayer.
There are several hundred chapters of this organization in the United States and Canada. There is also an unaffiliated organization called 'The Order of St. Luke' which exists to 'promote sacramental and liturgical scholarship and practice'.
OSL Canada was launched in Winnipeg, during August 2011, at the First OSL Canadian National Healing Conference.
More than 80 enthusiastic OSL supporters from across Canada and several from the USA attended the four day healing conference at the Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Delegates were treated to a wealth of keynote addresses and workshops on several aspects of Christian healing. A vote taken at the business meeting resulted in OSL Canada being launched!
OSL Canada remains a faithful and important partner with The International Order of St Luke the Physician, the North America organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. OSL Canada serves the Canadian network of OSL Members and Chapters with communications specific to Canadian interest and activities. Our mission is to return the healing ministry of Jesus to its place in the church, to be a resource for individuals and clergy who want to learn more about offering healing during worship services and developing healing prayer ministry teams. Our mandate is to bring the power and healing grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to individual lives. OSL Canada is poised to make a valuable contribution to the ministry of Christian healing, and to the growth of the Order of St Luke in North America.
The Order of Saint Luke Coordinator for Saint Lawrence is Judith Woodcock, who can be contacted through the church office.