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504 Hexton Hill Road Silver Spring, MD 20904 Ph: 301-622-6838 Fx: 301-384-1025 www.gsadvocacy.org Twitter: @NAC4Justice FB: goodshepherdnationaladvocacycenter February 8, 2017 President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump, The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd has had a presence in the United States for over 175 years. The Sisters and Mission Partners have dedicated themselves to serving girls, women and families who experience poverty, exploitation, vulnerability and marginalization. Our programs address... more
“As mission partners (lay and sisters) we struggled to find ways to address the global issues. We identified the most pressing needs of today as poverty, human trafficking, forced migration, refugees, and gender inequality, violence toward women and children, and religious intolerance” (30th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement). The Good Shepherd International Foundation (also known as the MDO Rome) organized an international workshop which took place at the Generalate in Rome on November 7 11, 2016. Forty one mission partners (lay and sisters) took part in the workshop to prepare its... more
Over the last few years the Good Shepherd Lay Partners in the UK have had a three day weekend retreat. Two years ago we decided that it would be good to use the talents of the lay partners and the Sisters who support us. The result was a resounding “Let’s do it this way again.” And so we did. The Coordinating Team had little difficulty in choosing the theme for the Retreat, it being the Year of Mercy and so the title of the retreat was “The Name of God is Mercy.” We have three Sisters – Carmel, Nuala and Andrea on the Coordinating Team and Partners from three of our regional groups – Joan,... more
In 2001, when I said “Yes” to the Lord, “come, draw on the blank pages of my life,” I did not imagine such a drawing. Since that time my “Yes” has followed me because the Lord has unceasingly asked me to renew my “Yes.” Syrian by birth, I have been in France for some twenty years and a French citizen for ten years. After choosing the Good Shepherd Congregation because of an attraction to its work with women and children, I wanted to return to my country to serve in this apostolate. Instead, my consecration sent me to Lyon to be with families and women from Iraq, Sudan, and other refugees in... more
Pope Francis denounced the "cruelty" prevailing in Syria, where “so many parties are involved in the conflict, each bent on seeking its own interests and not the freedom and well-being of the people.” The pope said, “Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a ‘workshop’ of cruelty.” During the audience which took place November 17 at the Vatican Clementine Hall, a man from Aleppo, Syria, thanked the pope for his encouragement and underlined the importance of the church's presence in the Arab-Islamic world. The pope told his audience that a “revolution... more
Angers France 6 th to 23 rd August 2016 “Building a New Covenant Community of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in Africa, Isles and middle East” To each of my sisters gathered in Angers on 6 th -23 rd August 2016; From Our Region (Africa, Isles and Middle East), and all the facilitators, translators from different places. I take this opportunity on behalf of the RIMOA Unit Leaders, and on my behalf, to extend a warm welcome to all our participants to this session. A special welcome to each one of you and a note to all the sisters from our region for whom this session has brought them... more