Our History

Our Past
Founded by Bishop John J. Russell of the Diocese of Richmond in response to the growth of Fairfax County in the early 1960′s, Good Shepherd celebrated its first Mass on Sunday, May 30, 1965, with 900 families gathered in Walt Whitman High School (now Mount Vernon High School).

On June 17, 1967, Bishop Russell dedicated a low-cost, multi-purpose building, complete with an altar setting and 980 green folding chairs. This single building was the center of our worship and parish activity for nineteen years, until the church was built and dedicated by Bishop John R. Keating on October 21, 1984. 

In January 1991, a new Community Center was dedicated, incorporating the original multi-purpose building and new offices, a kitchen, nursery, youth center and classrooms. This has been the hub of the parish’s ministries ever since.

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Our Present
Since its inception, Good Shepherd has grown from 900 families to more than 3,000 active families!
We offer 8 Sunday Masses in English and Spanish. We have 155 active ministries, encompassing liturgy, music, faith formation, social justice, and more.  Our facilities see approximately 10,000 hours of use each year. The intense level of activity for parishioners of all ages and backgrounds makes Good Shepherd a special, vibrant community of faith!

 

Our Future
Today we face a challenge. Our spiritual home has not been expanded or renovated in over 20 years. With constant use, our facilities need repair and upgrades in order to nurture our existing ministries, expand our traditions, and fulfill our crucial needs for the future. Like the dedicated parishioners who came before us, we stand poised to preserve and share the legacy of Good Shepherd.