The commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Brothers first starting to help the people of Wolverhampton began yesterday with a Service of Thanksgiving to mark 50 years of their extraordinary care and dedication across the City.
The service took place here at the Good Shepherd in the room previously used as the Night Shelter, and was planned by Brothers William, Michael, Stephen and Charles.
Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham, gave an address and there were also readings from Rev David Wright from St Peter’s Church and Team Rector of Wolverhampton; Mgr Mark Crisp, a senior catholic priest in Wolverhampton; Rev Rachel Parkinson, chair of Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury Methodist District and Sister Marie Therese, from the Carmelites.
Many thanks to all for giving up their time and for their contributions.
Brother Michael conducted the service and there were also contributions from Good Shepherd Chair of Trustees Nigel Tinsley, CEO Tom Hayden and readings from Brother Stephen and Brother Charles.
A small number of staff and volunteers were also in attendance at what was a perfect and also poignant way to launch a year of celebration.
Plans are being drawn up for more events and occasions during the year both to highlight the incredible work of the Brothers and also to fundraise to help the Good Shepherd continue to deliver such a wide range of services.