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The Good Shepherd Congregation has a twofold reason to celebrate. This year is the 165 th anniversary of St. Mary Euphrasia’s purchase of St. Nicholas Abbey. We are also in the midst of preparing for the millennium celebration of the Abbey. The remembrance of these two historic events invites us to revisit the beautiful pages of the congregation’s history and to have a foretaste of the coming celebration in August 2020. St. Nicholas Abbey, founded in 1020 by Foulques III or Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou, housed a monastery of Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. The monks were... more
Transformative Communities Series: Contemplative Presence in an Era of Complexity When one reflects on contemplative presence, there is a tendency to focus from the lens of the interpersonal rather than communal. This article explores the power of the Transformative Community to be instruments of peace and reconciliation when it embodies contemplative presence from a collective perspective. The Transformative community’s essence to the world originates with the acronym, “HOLD” hospitality, oneness, love, and diversity. These four virtues, when connected, establish a safe container for public... more
Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, As the Congregation moves forward to implement the Child Safeguarding Policy, there will be a position on the congregational level for someone to be the Coordinator. This position is open to anyone associated with the congregation and the necessary skills. In addition, the position will be advertised to the broader public through GSIF. If you know anyone who meets the requirements and is interested, kindly share the attached Role Description and application process of the Child Safeguarding Coordinator. Thank you so much for your assistance.more
“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often”. J.H. Newman Today is the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman. In this occasion, we remember our seventh Congregational Leader Sister Mary Thomas Aquinas Lee, Newman’s cousin. Agnes Lee, the youngest of four children, was born April 21, 1909 into a "very English and staunchly Anglican family, living in north Burma at the time." Her father was principal of a school, and functioned in the education branch of the British colonial service, specifically in education. Therefore, her childhood was spent in Burma. In 1922, her... more
During the General Assembly of Talitha Kum, Sr Claude Naddaf from Lebanon / Syria Province presented to Pope Francis a plaque showing the network of "Wells of Hope" in the Middle East. The Pope blessed the work of the Network and also gave his Blessing to all the peoples of the region. The pope said, “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ; it is a crime against humanity.” He added, “It is a form of modern slavery, a clear violation of human rights, a heinous, cruel and brutal crime.” The words of Pope Francis challenged us,... more
Dear Aguchita, The secret of your strength was found in "... communion with the Word and the Eucharist ..." that took you to "... live full days ..." you instilled wisdom and prudence to soften and transform the hearts of young women, whom you loved with a predilection Love led you to live in fullness Your donation for the Holy Work, without fear of wearing you out, that's why you wanted to be "Like the candle that illuminates and is consumed". this testimony of your life and martyrdom it summons us, it engages and it animates to continue making a more human world where mercy, justice and... more
“Migrants are persons… They are the symbol of all those rejected by today’s globalized society… The weakest and most vulnerable must be helped… This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt if we wish to fulfill the mission of salvation and liberation. - Pope Francis, July 8, 2019 Catholics continue to mobilize across the USA to advocate for justice in national policy on immigration. In the nation’s capital in July Good Shepherd was represented by our National Advocacy Center (NAC) and members of the Mid-North America Province. This past week, Sept 4, two members of the New... more
As Mission Partner... The Chapter theme and logo invite us: To a deeper consciousness of God's presence: God's presence is within us. God's presence is around us within the nature we set our eyes on. God's presence is in those whom we form a community with God's presence is in our companion partners in mission. God's presence is in the women and children we minister to in our Shelters. God's presence is in those whom we minister to in our Parishes. God's presence is in our benefactors who support our mission in one way or another. We ask God for the grace To Open Our Eyes and our Hearts to... more
“It will take a great deal more discernment – understanding of what is at stake spiritually, theologically, politically, and economically – to move from the ideal to its translation and into lifestyle and ministry.”[ 1 ] This quote is foundational to transformative communities. It names the communities’ ability to move from aspiration to the living of it in the dailiness of life. With the world in transition, it is often safer to live the espoused concept rather than struggle to create it in the ordinariness of life. Historically, religious institutions and communities, who became great... more
In 2008, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd created the Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF), to write a new and ambitious chapter in the history of the Congregation, inspired by St. John Eudes and founded by St. Mary Euphrasia. In the past decade, the visionary zeal of the founders has inspired many people across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America to come together and work with the Foundation to change the lives of more than 200,000 girls, women and children living in poverty and victims of violence and other forms of violation of human rights... more