Currently with 82 parishes, the Catholic Diocese of Fall River was established in 1904 with 44 parishes serving 130,000 people. It now covers 1,194 square miles in Southeastern Massachusetts, including Bristol County, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the towns of Mattapoisett, Marion and Wareham in Plymouth County. Within the area the Catholic population numbers over 350,000 persons.
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D. was installed as the Eighth Bishop of the Fall River Diocese Sept. 24, 2014. The Catholic Population of the diocese is roughly 325,000 people, or roughly about 40% of the general population. (click on image for website)
Begun in 2017, a new Diocesan-wide parish planning is underway “Rebuilding in Faith and Hope” focusing on three major goals: revitalizing our parishes; renewing the ministries of the Diocese; and strengthening support for clergy. Good Shepherd Parish was one of the pilot parishes where the work of strategizing began in 2018.
In 2019, several new collaboratives are being formed with a pastor and parochial vicar, along with a Pastoral Associate, Lay Administrator and a Coordinating Council to best serve the needs of adjoining parish communities. Bishop da Cunha sees this as “a new beginning that is going to bring new fruit, new life, and new hope.”