On Sunday, February 4, 1979, Auxillary Bishop James S. Sullivan, Father John Fackler, John Klein, Maurice Olk and 380 parishioners celebrated the first Mass, thus establishing a MISSION CHURCH in Montrose. From among the three names submitted by parishioners, Bishop Kenneth Povish chose “Good Shepherd” as the name of our church on August 12, 1979. A fund drive in September 1979 planted the seed for Good Shepherd’s church building. On July 27, 1980, the seed sprouted at the ground-breaking ceremony. The seed’s bud appeared on Monday, May 4, 1981, when the dedication Liturgy for Good Shepherd was celebrated. Priests from St. Robert’s of Flushing served the parish from 1979-1982. In 1983 Fr. Jim Bettendorf was appointed as part-time pastor. He was joined by Connie McClanahan, D.M. in 1984 who served as Pastoral Associate. In the fall of 1991, Sr. Josephine McNamara was installed as Pastoral Coordinator and served until July of 2009. Fr. Robert Kolenski served as Sacramental Minister on Sunday, and on Saturday, Fr. Gary McInnis of St. Luke’s in Flint served as our Sacramental Minister until July of 2009. Fr. Steve Anderson served as Parochial Administrator from July 2009 – July 2010. Fr. Michael O’Brien served as Parochial Administrator from July 2010 – July 2011. Fr. Roy Horning served as Pastor from July 2011-2015 along with Fr. Louis Ekka as Associate Pastor from July 2011-2012, then Fr. Paul Schwermer joined Fr. Roy as Parochial Vicar from 2012-2015. Fr. Gordon Reigle served as Pastor from July 2015-November 2018, Fr. Anthony Brooks joined Fr. Gordon as Associate Pastor in November 2016. Fr. Jonathan Perrotta was appointed Pastor in November 2018, Fr. Anthony Brooks Associate Pastor served with Fr. Jon until July 2021. Fr. Prabhu Lakra joined Fr. Jon in July 2021 as Parochial Vicar. With grateful hearts we are experiencing the seed’s bud blooming into a beautiful flower as our parish community is nourished by God’s Word and the faith of its members.
On October 2, 2007 was the ground breaking ceremony for our new Parish Life Center. This center will be used for religious education, funeral dinners, hall rentals, and various other functions to serve the community. On April 20, 2008 Bishop Carl Mengling was here for the dedication of our new Parish Life Center.