The Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd



Facade of the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd

In the fast growing community of Fairview Park, Quezon City, a dream was fulfilled. A dream that envisioned the rise of a great structure that would honor the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. A dream that entailed great sacrifices. A dream that had to be nurtured by time, talents and treasures of the numerous parishioners of the community. It was a dream that asked for a leadership to see the fulfillment of the dream.

The dream was for an Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, a shrine that would reflect the deep affection and worship of an urban population. A Shrine that is a fitting gift to the King of kings.

It began on August 19, 1975 when Cardinal Jaime Sin, Archbishop of Manila, installed the then Rev. Fr. Fidelis Limcaco to be the first parish priest of the Good Shepherd. This parish was separated from the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Project 6, Quezon City. It composes the huge Fairview Park Subdivision and surrounding new subdivisions bounded on the North by Mesa Dam, on the east by the Marikina River, on the west by Novaliches, and on the South by Luzon Avenue.

Interior of the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd

The parish was first housed in a small token chapel at the crossroads of Fairview Avenue and Regalado Street, loaned by the owner of the subdivision, the Bonifacio C. Regalado family. The chapel then seemed inadequate to the growing number of churchgoers and to the numerous activities of the parish. Moreover, they needed a church that could draw the people closer to God.

With 5,000 square meters of land at Regalado Avenue corner Omega Street donated by the Regalados, Architect Raoul Sotto began to draw plans for a Christopolis: a church that would cater to the people's needs. On December 10, 1977, the ground-breaking and cornerstone-laying ceremonies were celebrated by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani before a large group of parishioners.

The P3 million needed to complete the church began with a series of fund-raising projects. However, due to increasing prices, the cost soared to P6 million. This, on the other hand, did not become a deterrent to the parishioners and Fr. Fidelis, whose indefatigable work and cooperation saw to it that the goal was fulfilled.

Altar of the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd

The church was consecrated and inaugurated by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin with Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani on August 19, 1984. It was a dream fulfilled beyond expectations. What at the beginning was thought to be too big a church for Fairview was later considered small with a large number of people attending six Masses on Sundays and Saturday evening Mass. The Good Shepherd Church also attracted people from distant areas who wanted to see the beautiful church and attend the liturgies.

It became a notable Shrine and pilgrimage center of North Quezon City. Thus, the parish priest, Msgr. Fidelis Limcaco and the GS Parish Pastoral Council, requested that the Church of the Good Shepherd be elevated to the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Good Shepherd, Patron of Bishops, Priests and heads of the families. On April 28, 1985, Jaime Cardinal Sin with the approval of the Archdiocesan Episcopal Council declared it as such.

Excerpt from Shrines, Incarnating Christ Today. St. Paul Philippines, 2004. Photos from dinodimarphoto.multiply.com.

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