Our Pastor

Reverend Monsignor Thomas Welbers became pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd on July 1, 2009, after having served as pastor for fifteen years at Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Claremont. Father Tom, as he prefers to be called informally, was born and raised in Van Nuys, attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and was ordained in 1968. He has served in many parishes throughout the Archdiocese. He also received a degree in Liturgical Theology from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome, and has been a teacher and consultant in liturgy. He also spent eleven years as campus minister at the Cal State Long Beach Newman Center and as Archdiocesan Director of Campus Ministry. Throughout his priesthood, Fr. Tom has counted both Fr. Colm and Fr.George as mentors and friends.

Father Tom can be contacted through the Good Shepherd Parish Center at (310) 285-5425, or by email at twelbers@goodshepherdbh.org.

Pastor Emeritus

Reverend Colm O’Ryan was pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd from 1990 to 2009. In his retirement, he continues to preside at Mass and help in parish ministry. Father Colm still presides at Sunday Masses and the 12 noon Mass during the week.

Father Colm attended Saint John’s Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1955. During his many years as a priest he has served in the following parishes: St. Elizabeth in Altadena, Holy Trinity in Atwater Village, St. Patrick in North Hollywood, Our Lady of Victory in Compton, St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks and Good Shepherd.

Father Colm can be contacted through the Good Shepherd Parish Center at (310) 285-5425.

Priest in Residence

Reverend George O’Brien is the Priest in Residence. Father George presides at Sunday Masses and the 6:30 a.m. Mass during the week. Father George has been Priest in Residence since 1978. Father George and Father Colm were contemporaries at St. John’s College.

Father George attended Saint John’s Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1957. He was appointed to high school work five years later, received an M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an Ed.D. from USC. He was a high-school teacher and administrator for sixteen years when Mount St. Mary’s in 1978 invited him to join the college community. He teaches Freshman English and speech-communication courses. His chief delights are to help students improve their writing and to help them overcome their fear of giving speeches. He also teaches literature and he has had the opportunity to design and teach a number of literature courses new to the college, like Fiction to Film, Mythmaking: the Quest for Meaning, and California Authors. He is interested in journalism and how well the media reports what happens in the world. He developed a course a few years ago called The News Media and later spent a sabbatical studying new reporting, mostly attending classes at UCLA, but also observing in newsrooms across the country.

Father George can be contacted through the Good Shepherd Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 or by email at Mount St. Mary’s College at gobrien(at)msmc(dot)la(dot)edu.

Our Deacon

Deacon Eric Stoltz was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2004. Prior to his 2010 assignment to the Church of the Good Shepherd, he served six years at St. Brendan Church in Hancock Park. Deacon Eric has led three interfaith pilgrimages to the Holy Land—made up of Jews, Christians and Muslims—and has been extensively involved in ecumenical and interfaith relations in Los Angeles and served five years in detention ministry at Men’s Central Jail. He is the author of Ascend: the Catholic Faith for a New Generation, awarded first place in the category of “Best Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith” by the Catholic Press Association in 2010.

As his secular occupation, Deacon Eric is an information architect and web designer. He is also adept at hand-coding of web sites. In 2005 his site for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was named an Official Honoree by the Webby Awards. In a previous career in public relations he was twice awarded the Silver Anvil by the Public Relations Society of America. Deacon Eric is a fourth-generation native Angeleno and an alumnus of the University of Southern California.

Deacon Eric can be contacted through the Good Shepherd Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 by email at deacon.eric@goodshepherdbh.org.

Parish Leadership Commissions

A core group of parishioners serve on our commissions, established in 2011 to lead various aspects of parish life. If you are interested in serving on one of the following commissions, please contact the parish office.

  • Worship Commission. Liturgical Ministries, Liturgy Planning, Homily Reflection, Prayer Groups
  • Outreach Commission. Pastoral Ministries, Christian Service, Peace and Justice, Evangelization
  • Formation Commission. Christian Initiation, Adult Formation, Elementary Religious Education, Good Shepherd School
  • Community Commission. Hospitality, Newcomers, Social Events, Organizations, Volunteers
  • Administrative Commission. Finance, Buildings & Grounds, Stewardship, Communication

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is made up of co-chairs of the Parish Commissions above serving on staggered terms of two years.

Finance Council

The Finance Council advises the Pastor in planning and overseeing the parish’s and school’s finances.

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