Brother Luke; greeted guests of monastery
Benedictine monk Brother Luke died July 26, 2003, at Mount Saviour Monastery in Pine City, N.Y., at the age of 93. He had been a member of the Mount Saviour community for 50 years.
Born James Durkin Pape in Toronto, he attended Catholic schools there and went on to study art and interior design. From 1936 to 1942, he was a member of the Boris Volkoff Ballet Group, which represented Canada in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He then enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and served in several European countries during World War II. He returned to Toronto to work in the field of interior design.
In 1952 Brother Luke joined the Mount Saviour Monastery and professed his solemn vows in 1957. He took an active interest in Chemung County cultural organizations, becoming a member of the Elmira Art Club and the Southern Tier Rose Society.
Brother Luke was in charge of the monastery’s religious art and book store and, working at the front desk, was the first monk people met as they visited the monastery. A March 8, 2001, Catholic Courier article noted that he used his “watercolors to capture the serenity of the monastery.”
Brother Luke is survived by his sisters, Mary Mahood, Margaret Morgan and Joan Pape, all of Toronto; nieces and nephews and their children; and his brother monks of Mount Saviour.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Mount Saviour on July 31 followed by burial at the Monastic Cemetery.