I served at Good Shepherd from 1976 - 1980, and was ordained Priest there in December 1976. They were four joy-filled years. I left Good Shepherd to work on the staff of the Bishop of Western Mass., and to be Vicar of St. Christopher's in Chicopee, MA.
Hindsight suggests that I should have stayed longer, but I was starry eye'd at the prospect of being a member of Diocesan staff, and so I left.
The Good Shepherd congregation, much depleted in more recent years, has now joined forces with God's people at Christ Church, Fitchburg. It was a wise move, but I feel a little sad as I see the "For Sale" sign.
|48 Hubbardston Road, Front|
|48 Hubbardston Road, Rear|
The Church building in Fitchburg, MA called "The Church of the Good Shepherd" is now for sale. 48 Hubbardston Road, Princeton MA is also for sale.
I bid a sad farewell to these bricks and mortar. They were vital shrines for me. In new ownerships they will never again be my homes.
But the blessed and holy memories of life, love and laughter in both places will sustain me until the moment of my death.