Two special services of celebration will take place later this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd first arriving in Wolverhampton.
It was back in Christmas, 1972, that the Little Brothers first arrived to start helping people who were homeless or vulnerable, opening up on Thornley Street before moving to another premises in the same area and then to Darlington Street Methodist Church.
At the start of 2020 the Good Shepherd moved to its current home at 63 Waterloo Road and, while the locations and identity of staff and volunteers might have changed, the ethos of offering care, compassion and hospitality has always stayed the same.
So towards the end of this year, this Golden milestone will be celebrated with two special services of thanksgiving within the city.
A thanksgiving mass will take place at St Michael’s Catholic Church on Coalway Road at 7pm on Tuesday, November 22nd. Refreshments will be provided after the mass.
And then, with thanks to Wolverhampton’s Team Rector, the Reverend Prebendary David Wright, and St Peter’s Collegiate Church in the city centre, there will be a second service of celebration to mark this important anniversary.
At 2pm on Thursday December 15th, St Peter’s will host the service for people of all faiths and of no faith, to mark half a century of service to the city from the Good Shepherd. Again, refreshments will be provided afterwards.
We are encouraging people to come along and share their experiences and celebrate with us as we reflect on what the Brothers have achieved and look forward to continuing our work with such a supportive and generous community across the city of Wolverhampton.
Everyone is welcome to either or both of the services of thanksgiving.