Good Shepherd Catholic Church was
established July 21st, 1977 by the Most Reverend Coleman F. Carroll (5 days
before his death), with Father Charles Clements as its first Pastor.
“Let the people of the Parish choose its name,” said the Archbishop, and so
they selected Good Shepherd.
were 340 families inscribed and the Masses were celebrated at Boystown, and
then moved to Mc Millan Middle School. By 1981, with the number of
the faithful doubling, the County’s zoning board gave permission for a
multi-purpose facility for worship and other pastoral services to be
constructed on the 9 1/4 acres of the parish, purchased by the Archdiocese
before the foundation. Ground was broken on July 11, 1982, in the
following year the first Mass was celebrated in the new building in
During the Pastorate
of Father Thomas O’Dwyer, which began in June 1983, initial efforts in
fund-raising for the permanent Church were undertaken providing a strong
base to begin. This effort was further by the third and present
Pastor, Father Michael J. Greer, who arrived in late 1987 and shortly
thereafter introduced the practice of stewardship, which encourages the
sharing and committing of our time and talent to the Lord and Church-along
with our treasure (financial assistance). Thus sacrifice and service
brought about the construction of the permanent Church, approved by
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy in 1993, with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberg as
architect and Ann Clarck Contractors. It was constructed during the
following year (1994) and was finally dedicated by Archbishop John C.
Favalora, his first such ceremony in becoming Ordinary, on February 25,
inauguration of the Church, we started pursuing what Father Greer promotes
as more crucial to our pastoral formation -a center for Catholic formation-
and more specifically a parochial school. The school began in the
parish center in September 1995, which led to that purpose and continues
today. The first phase was completed and blessed by Archbishop
Favalora on February 17, 2001, the second phase
was opened in 2006.
We are most grateful
for the vision, leadership, sacrifice of previous
priests, deacons, religious, and so many parishioners. However, we
pray for and promise to, that together, we continue building the Kingdom of
God here at this parish community.