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Our History

The Parish of the Good Shepherd has been a distinctive part of the City of Mount Pearl and surrounding area since the 1980s. Born out of the Parish of the Ascension in 1986, and worshipping in the early years in Newtown Elementary School, the congregation quickly grew to the point where they built their own place for worship (the present Church of the Good Shepherd) in 1991. In the years that followed, the congregation sought to remain faithful to the One whose name they bear – the Good Shepherd of Scripture – as they gathered and cared for all the members of the flock.

It really began on Sunday April 13, 1986, (Good Shepherd Sunday) when a number of people under the leadership of the Reverend Canon Murray Randell, Rector of the Parish of the Ascension in Mount Pearl, met to form a new congregation in the Newtown area of Mount Pearl. The congregation was named for “Jesus the Good Shepherd” and the first Worship Service was held on Sunday September 7, 1986, in the Music Room of Newtown Elementary School. The congregation continued to grow and held their Sunday Services in the gymnasium of that school for about 5 years.

On December 2, 1990, the cornerstone of the new church building was laid by the Right Reverend Martin Mate, Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland Labrador. Construction of the new church started in the fall of 1990 and was completed in the spring of 1991. The first Worship Service in the new building was held on Sunday June 16, 1991, with the official opening and blessing of the new church taking place on Sunday October 21, 1991, presided over by Bishop Mate.

On January 1, 1993, the congregation was given Parish status by the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland Labrador. Mount Pearl now had two Anglican Parishes – the Parish of the Good Shepherd and the Parish of the Ascension. The Reverend Leonard Whitten was inducted as the first Rector of the new parish on April 12, 1993, by the Right Reverend Donald Harvey, newly-elected Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland Labrador. In June of 1997 the Reverend Whitten was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Western Newfoundland and later that year the Reverend Edward King was appointed Priest of the Parish. On January 1, 2009, the Venerable Dr Geoff Peddle became our new Rector and on October 20, 2009, the Church was consecrated by the Right Reverend Cyrus Pitman.

Our history continues with our past rector the Venerable Dr. Geoff Peddle being elected as Diocsean Bishop.  Our present rector the Venerable Charlene Taylor replaced the former rector in August 2013 and she is also the Chaplain to the Bishop and the Bishop's Commissary.

 
Shepherd's Cafe
Since 2010 the Parish of the Good Shepherd has provided a community lunch free of charge every Wednesday. Known as the “Shepherd’s Cafe,” it is a ministry of hospitality and operates with volunteers and entirely on donations. view more...
 
Godly Play and Children
Ministry to children at the Parish of the Good Shepherd centers on the Godly Play method and is intended to allow children to discover God in a way that is appropriate for them. view more...
 
Our Labyrinth
A labyrinth is a sacred pattern, An ancient mystical tool, A spiritual pathway, A walking meditation. The labyrinth walk is a symbolic journey to the center of ourselves, A walk that can refresh the spirit. view more...
 
Adopt-a-Park Program
The City of Mount Pearl’s Adopt-A-Park Program has enabled the Parish of the Good Shepherd to assume responsibility for part of the green space around it as part of the parish’s ongoing care of the environment and outreach to the wider community.view more...