History of GSLC
St. Gabriel’s Good Shepherd Learning Center was created in August of 2000, through much prayer and the commitment of many people in St. Gabriel’s parish and the Campus Master Plan Committee. The committee began in 1998 as the Architectural Task Force of which I was a member. Our job was to gather information and decide how best to make use of St. Gabriel’s property, both the land and the buildings. Our vision was to use the gifts that God had given to us and to become good stewards of those gifts. We felt God was asking us to make use of our wonderful building not just on Sundays but during the course of the week as well. Through prayer, surveys and discussion we came to the conclusion that Douglassville and the near by communities would profit from having a Christian child care facility for school age children in their midst. At that point the concept of the Good Shepherd Learning Center was born, with the name coming later! Our name was shaped by the Sunday school curriculum Catechesis of the Good Shepherd of which St. Gabriel’s used and I taught. Our philosophy centered on providing a safe, nurturing environment and caring for children as the Good Shepherd takes care of his sheep. Long before the Keystone STARS initiative took roots I wanted the facility to be an educational center for children. We were not created to just baby-sit the community’s children; we were to be a Christian learning center. As years went by we began opening our program to younger children, which brings us to the present where we serve children from infancy to the age of 12.
-Patricia Owsiany, Director of GSLC