Chapel Of The Good Shepherd
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
Hours of Operation 9:30am - 11:00pm Daily
Current Status Open for Business
People Come Here For… Religious Services

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd's historical roots go back to the 19th century, when Roosevelt Island was Welfare Island, where all the outcast and unwanted of New York City were placed, in the two Almshouses for male and female inmates, the Municipal Lunatic Asylum, the Penitentiary and it's Hospitals. Beginning around 1850, the Episcopal Church, through it's Mission Society, began sending people over in rowboats from Manhattan to meet the needs of all the poor, rejected, and forgotten residents of Welfare Island culminating in this majestic and yet urban church's construction.

The Chapel sits upon a spacious portion of brick-paved plaza directly on Main Street's thouroughfare down the middle of Roosevelt Island. The Chapel itself is a mixture of classical gothic architecture constructed with an industrial revolution's sensibilities of mortared red brick and dark shingles. Today the chapel provides a mixture of religious services on different days of the week and different hours of the day between Baptist and Catholic faiths that share the structure.

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