St. Luke the Evangelist painting Our Lady

St. Luke the Evangelist lived during the first century. Born in Antioch during a time when it was a large city and cultural center, St. Luke was educated as a physician and knew Greek well.

This education served him as he traveled with St. Paul as his personal physician, both evangelizing as many people as they could.

St. Luke is the author of one of the four Gospels. His knowledge of Greek allowed his account to be accurate. And his account of Christ’s life is the only one to include the witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles, which is mostly an account of the travels St. Luke shared with St. Paul.

Luke is also credited with painting portraits of the Blessed Virgin. One of which is the Salus Populi Romani held in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

The feast of St. Luke the Evangelist is October 18th. He is remembered as a patron of artists and doctors.