Good Shepherd Mission

1 Kit Carson Drive Fort Defiance, Arizona 86504

Good Shepherd Mission sits on the Colorado Plateau in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, in the Four Corners area of the Navajo Nation. We were initiated as a medical mission in the 1880's with the first hospital to the Navajo. Today, we have 50 acres with beautiful buildings, a large organic/permaculture garden, and a historic church. We offer regular church services, retreats and mission group lodging, many social services and the Hummingbird Cafe.

 Good Shepherd Mission is located on the Colorado Plateau, in the Four Corners Region of the Navajo Nation. We began 120 years ago as a medical mission and continue in ministry with the Navajo people and all who visit. Today we have 50 acres, a historic church in the Episcopal tradition, organic/traditional gardens, a coffee cafe and beautiful retreat spaces and options from camping to retreat house bunk-style to private rooms and a private cottage. We are a destination for many mission groups. 

Good Shepherd honors the spiritual life of the Navajo as we all seek ho'zho - unity, harmony, balance in our walk together. 

  • Come visit our beautiful gardens and greenhouse - and come garden with us! And take home fresh food for your family. 
  • Our coffee shop - Hummingbird Internet Cafe, is open most mornings and late afternoons - just when you need a good cup of coffee while you use our free WiFi services. 
  • Our summer Mission Season is busy busy, and Quiet Days and meditation retreats begin in September. Check our our Events Page for what is coming up next. 


St. Mark's in Coal Mine, NM is 8 a.m.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Fort Defiance, AZ is 10:30 a.m.

On most Sundays we will be offering lunch sales from $7 to $10 per plate. These proceeds go to help our families and to donate a small percentage to the Mission. Also, Hummingbird Cafe is often most Sundays.

SECOND SUNDAY of each Month:

St. Joseph's in Many Farms, AZ.


Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, side chapel

This is Navajoland and this is Good Shepherd. Welcome to our land and earth, sky, soil, air.


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