Our Lady of Light Shrine
(Estd: 1516)
No.156, Luz Church Road
Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Tel 044 – 24 99 25 68
Website: www.luzchurch.org
A Brief History
The Franciscan Friars set sail in a Portuguese Merchant ship for India from Lisbon with the fleet of Pedro AlvaresCabral on the 9th of March 1500 AD. The Catholic merchants usually take the missionaries with them for administering the sacraments. During the journey their ship was beset by storm. The Friars in their fright, together with the merchants prayed to our Mother Mary. Suddenly their eyes were drawn to a bright light which led them safely to land on the shores of Mylapore. On the same spot the ruins of ‘Bethuma’, the old house of St Thomas, the Apostle, is located. As they moved towards the mysterious guiding light, it led them to a clearing in the forest. There the light disappeared suddenly. Moved and inspired by this experience, Friar Pedro, of the Observance of St Francis, built this church on the very same spot in gratitude to Mother Mary for saving them from the angry sea. The Church, even today, is referred to as ‘Kattu Koil’ or ‘Forest Church’ by the local people. The forest has long disappeared in the metropolis of Chennai. But the historical importance of the Church is apparent from the fact that the area is officially called “Luz”, the Portuguese word for “Light”. Luz Church was damaged during the occupation by Golconda forces between 1662 and 1673. During the occupation of Hyder Ali between 1780 and 1782, the East India Company Forces occupied the Luz Parish Residence for some years. The Church has survived these troubled times, and today stands proud – as a testimony of faith and hope for generations to come. The Shrine of Our Lady of Light was built in 1516 and is now renovated and restored to its original form. This ancient Church was elevated as the Shrine of Our Lady of Light on 15-08-2010.
Catholic Population : 2,900
Sunday Mass – Timings & Language : 6.00am, 7.30am, 9.00am (Children)-Tamil & 6.00pm-English
Sub-station with Chapel
01 St Anthony’s Chapel, Gopalapuram, 3 kms (Tue 6.30 pm – Tamil)
Participatory Structures
01 Parish Pastoral Council
02 Anbiyams
Associations
01 Altar Servers

02 Legion of Mary
03 Youth Group – English

04 Franciscan III Order
05 Vincent de Paul
Religious
01 Stella Maris Convent (FMM) Tel 044- 28 11 03 09 /66 90
02 St Isabel’s Convent (FSHIC) Tel 044- 24 98 37 89/10 81 – 83
Fax 044 – 24 98 65 50
Email: isabels@md4.vsnl.net.in
Institutions under the Religious
01 Stella Maris College Tel 044 – 28 11 19 87 / 19 51
Principal Tel 044 – 28 11 01 21
02 Nava Nirmana Hostel
(Stella Maris College Campus) Tel 044 – 28 11 24 67 / 06 63
03 Shanthi Bhavan Social Welfare Centre Tel 044 – 28 11 68 31 04 Mother Klemens Hostel Tel 044 – 28 11 49 72
05 Our Lady’s Hostel (UG) Tel 044 – 28 11 29 71
06 St Joseph’s Hostel Tel 044 – 28 11 53 76
07 St Isabel’s Hospital Tel 044- 24 99 10 81/82/ 83
Office Tel 044 – 24 99 21 61/31 51 Fax 044 – 24 98 47 76
08 Superior Tel 044 – 24 98 37 89
09 St Isabel School of Nursing Tel 044 – 24 66 17 07
10 St Isabel’s Institute of Medical Laboratory Tel 044 – 24 99 25 33
Technology Extn – 323
11 St Isabel’s Mobile Clinic Tel 044 – 24 98 56 52
12 St Isabel’s College of Allied, Health and Medical Sciences
Tel 044 – 24 66 18 58
Other Institutions
01 Santhome Communication Centre Tel 044 – 24 99 13 44 / 33 14
Fax 044 – 24 99 29 43
Email: santhomecom@gmail.com
Website: www.santhomecom.org
02 Nam Vazhvu Tel 044 – 24 67 04 39
Email: namvazhvu04@gmail.com
namvazhvu@yahoo.co.in
Website: www.namvazhvu.org