In the early seventies a new urban subdivision arose in Quezon City named “Fairview Park,” composed of five areas: Central, South, West, North and East Fairview. Referred to as “Far View” because of its distance form the urbanized parts of the city. Fairview Park rapidly grew.
The community started their Sunday masses celebrated by a Carmelite Dutch Priest from Holland, Fr. Nico Hofstedes in a small place used by the B.C. Regalado Corporation as Motor Pool and Garage, at Consul Street. Fairview Park was then under the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Project 6.
On August 5, 1975, Jaime Cardinal Sin established the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Fairview and installed Fr. Fidelis Ruben Limcaco as the first Parish Priest. The Parish had a wide jurisdiction that included Tala and Bagong Silang, Caloocan City in the North; Novaliches in the West; Luzon Avenue in the South; and Marikina River, in the East.
The Parish was first housed in a small chapel at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Regalado Avenue where the Fairview Center Mall is now situated. Because of the increasing number of churchgoers and the numerous church activities, a bigger church was felt needed to serve the fast growing community. On December 10, 1977, then Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani led the ground breaking and cornerstone laying for a new church on a lot donated by the Regalado Family, owner of the subdivision.
The construction of the new church was the biggest challenge and most ambitious project of Msgr. Fidelis and the parishioners. Many fund-raising affairs, social activities and solicitations/raffles took place to generate funds. The Church was blessed, consecrated and dedicated to Jesus the Good Shepherd on August 19, 1984 by Jaime Cardinal Sin.
On April 28, 1985, Cardinal Sin issued a Decree making the Good Shepherd Church as an Archdiocesan Shrine of the Good Shepherd. From 1975 to 2003, the Good Shepherd Archdiocesan Shrine was a part of the Archdiocese of Manila.
When the Diocese of Novaliches was inaugurated on January 16, 2003, the Good Shepherd Archdiocesan Shrine was designated as the seat of the newly-created Diocese. It was eventually elevated into the status of cathedral and renamed the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, the Cathedral of Novaliches. Rev. Msgr. Jesus-Romulo Rañada was appointed as its first rector.
The church itself is an architectural landmark in the area. Renovated in 2007, the altar area features art-deco ornamentation, a first in the Philippines. Its most prominent feature is its huge “stained glass” depicting Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The cathedral has even become a favorite location for film and television productions.
In 2007, Bishop Antonio R. Tobias appointed the late Rev. Fr. Gerardo Giovanni Tapiador as the second rector of the cathedral. In 2012, Rev. Fr. Elpidio R. De Peralta, Jr. was appointed as parish administrator of the Cathedral-Shrine & Parish. The feast day of the Parish is the 4th Sunday after Easter. Fr. Mario Sanchez was assigned as Rector in June 2013.
Vicariate: Good Shepherd
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr.
Preceding Pastor/s: Rev. Fr. Elpidio R. De Peralta (Admin), Rev. Fr. Mario S. Sanchez
Date Established: August 5, 1975
Feast Day: 4th Sunday of Easter
Address: Regalado Ave. Fairview Park , 1118 Q.C.
Contact Number: 939.4720, 430.8440, 430.8435 (telefax)