Come unto me all ye that are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Since its establishment in 1846, the church, which is now known as the Anglican Episcopal Cathedral of The Good Shepherd – Peru (The Good Shepherd) has been a pillar of the English-speaking community in Lima.
Although The Good Shepherd was initially established to serve the English-speaking expatriate and non-Roman Catholic community, today its broader mission includes a Spanish-speaking congregation and it also serves as the cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Peru, which includes churches in Lima, Arequipa, Cabanoconde, Juliaca, and Jauja.
The Good Shepherd currently has an active English-speaking congregation of approximately 60 parishioners, who attend Sunday services on a regular basis.
As our mission, we embrace the Archbishop of Canterbury's words from his lecture on “Revolutionary Love”.
“Firstly, the church exists to worship God in Jesus Christ.
Secondly, the church exists to make new disciples of Jesus Christ.
Everything else is decoration, some of it may be necessary, useful, wonderful decoration, but it is decoration...The best decision anyone can ever make at any point in life, in any circumstances, whoever they are, whatever they are, wherever they are, is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
There is no better decision for a human being in this life.”
The Anglican Episcopal Cathedral of The Good Shepherd - Peru is the Cathedral and Mother Church of the Diocese of Peru, which in turn is part of the Anglican Church of South America, one of the provinces of the Anglican Communion. The Cathedral is located in the dynamic and vibrant district of Miraflores, and adjacent to the upper income district of San Isidro, in Lima, the capital city of Peru; a city with a population of approximately 10 million, and with many contrasts: full of history, culture, music, great food, and sightseeing, but with 20% of its population still living in poverty.
Miraflores is a friendly and mainly a middle and upper income district with a variety of attractions, and serves as both a commercial and cultural hub. Although the Cathedral is located within a residential area on Santa Cruz Avenue, the area is gradually turning into a commercial district with supermarkets, a movie theater, hotels, banks, gas stations, popular restaurants, different kinds of stores, offices, and schools, including two international schools (with English speaking curriculums) and two Roman Catholic parish schools.
In addition, the Cathedral is located just a few blocks away from a pre-Inca archaeological site and museum, the “Huaca Pucllana”, which is a major tourist attraction.
The Good Shepherd serves a broad community that is mainly made up of two groups: one is the international English-speaking community, which is scattered throughout the city and most of whom work in embassies, international corporations or schools (there are about seven international English-speaking schools around Lima). They stay for short periods of time (3 to 5 years), although a few others stay for longer periods or even on a permanent basis. The other group is the Anglo-Peruvian community, who are permanent residents in Lima.
Our Social Work Committee covers a number of activities, including work in the women’s prison in Chorrillos, medical assistance for individual cases, and a student support program. We also assist as a liaison for the British Benevolent Society.
Teaching handcrafts in the Chorrillos women’s prison - a member of The Good Shepherd has, for many years, taught handicrafts at the women’s prison, helping the inmates to earn a small income to pay for their toiletries and other items. We provide craft materials. The items are sold monthly at the Good Shepherd and at various fairs in Lima during the Christmas season.
Student Support Program - The Good Shepherd has a support program for students whose studies have been interrupted for financial reasons, often caused by a sudden family illness or a parent´s loss of work. Currently we are funding 4 students: a male aged 22 studying accountancy, a female aged 27 studying education and working in the mornings, a female aged 18 studying psychology, and a schoolboy aged 14 whose parents have great difficulty in providing his school materials. He plays the guitar in his church services in Villa El Salvador.
Over more than 15 years our program has helped nurses, a mechanic, teachers, physiotherapists, lawyers and computer programmers graduate and find work. Sometimes only 6 months of support have been necessary.
We have several people currently on a waiting list: 1) a 22 year-old woman studying psychology, who had to change her university when it was refused a license by SUNEDU and now faces higher costs. 2) a 25 year-old woman studying psychology and working, who had to abandon her studies after 2 ½ years for economic reasons. She leads the youth ministry in her church. We would especially like to help her in memory of her pastor, Luis Villalobos, who died of cancer last year.
Help for an individual student is usually between S/.300 and S/.400 per month.
We are looking for funding to be able to take these students on board. Please consider sponsoring a student or contributing to the general sponsorship fund. For additional information please contact Rev. Mark Ewbank at email@example.com or Jean Samaniego at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While our church is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding our digital services on Zoom, on Sundays and daily for Evening Prayer.
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The Book of Common Prayer has morning and evening prayer to you to connect to God everyday.
Good Shepherd is the perfect location for your upcoming special event.
We have many options for weddings, showers, and other gatherings.
The Good Shepherd holds services in both in English and Spanish.
The Good Shepherd holds three sales a year of second-hand books in English, a popular event for browsing, refreshments and making new friends that attracts people from all over town and even from outside Lima. The events, usually held in March, June and September, are advertised on the church’s Facebook page. Donations of books are always welcome.
Held every year in late November or early December, the fair includes arts and crafts, second-hand books, and traditional English foods such as plum puddings, mincemeat for pies, and a variety of jams and chutneys, which are made by volunteers in the church community.