Who We Are
We are a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and The Episcopal Church which in turn is a member of the Anglican Communion. These associations link us with 75 million people in more than 31 countries. The Anglican Communion is composed of churches which are historically linked to The Church of England. Our worship is guided by the Book of Common Prayer which shapes the order of service. Although revised from time to time over the centuries, this order of service has been in use for more than 450 years. Each Sunday we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, a service of Thanksgiving and Communion, which originated with Jesus’s last supper with his disciples. His commandment to them was “do this in remembrance of me” and we, along with Christians throughout the world, have continued to build community around this tradition. In the Eucharist, we read and reflect upon Holy Scripture, offer our prayers and praises to Almighty God and share in the Holy Communion.
The people of this parish represent the diversity of our city. We are multicultural, multiracial, senior citizens and new-born babies; we are married couples, single individuals, and persons in domestic partnerships; we are native-born Americans and immigrants from a host of foreign countries. What we have in common is our desire to share God’s unconditional love and to grow in our own faith.
In addition to worship, our principal activities include, Education, Service, Outreach, Atrs and Fellowship within the congregation. Members of the parish participate in organizations such as the Choir, The Altar Guild, the International Club, the Rector’s Guild (Episcopal Church Women), and the Social Concerns Committee. In all that we do we try to be faithful to our parish motto, established long ago: Pro Christo et Ecclesia, For Christ and His Church.
Interim Rector, The Reverend Canon Bruce D. Griffith, Th.D.
Bruce Griffith is Rector Emeritus of Christ Church, Oyster Bay, Originally ordained for the Diocese of Minnesota, he first served at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, and after returning to the University of Toronto as a Fellow of Trinity College, he successively served parishes in Western New York and Rochester before coming to Oyster Bay in 1987.
His interim experience includes time as Interim Rector of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, St. Peter’s Morristown, NJ and Christ Church Rochester, New York, and most recently Acting Dean of our Cathedral. He has recently served as an independent consultant to parishes in the Dioceses of Long Island, Central New York, and Rochester. Bruce holds degrees from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, Trinity College, Toronto, The General Theological Seminary, NYC, and the University of Toronto.
Mr. Robert C. Rogers, Organist and Choirmaster. Mr. Rogers is a native of Florida. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, and the University of Illinois. He has given recitals throughout the United States, Canada and the West Indies with numerous operatic and concert stars, as well as the male quartet Songfellows.
Critics claim he “makes accompanying an art unto itself…playing even the most difficult passages with ease” and demonstrating sensitivity in the realms of both opera and art song. He can be heard on the RCA, Concord and RUA record labels.
He is former Music Director the New York Opera Ensemble; former Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Illinois Opera Theater and the Lake George Opera Festival. He is currently on the staff of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts and works with the New York City Youth Opera.Â He also travels extensively conducting choral workshops.
Mr. Rogers has been the Organist and Choirmaster for the past 25 years. Every Sunday at St. Luke and St. Matthew one is privileged to hear an eclectic rendition of fine music. The Chancel Choir won “Best Chancel Choir” in 1999 at Hicks Christmas Music Competition- under Mr. Rogers superb direction.