Actualités du Centre Spirituel

On the 8th of February, 1648, St. Jean Eudes celebrated for the first time the liturgical feast of the Heart of Mary in Autun, France. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd celebrate this feast as a sign of their faithfulness to the words of St. Jean Eudes, “you have but one and the same vocation with the Mother of God.” The Heart of Mary, a marvellous fountain: « Come to me all you who are burdened tired and thirsty along life’s path laden with toil and pain. Come to me here at the fountain, that is to say, not to Jacob’s well but to the Heart of my most worthy Mother,... more
90 Anniversary: Easter of Mother Saint Agustín Fernández Concha. January 13, 1928 "Angers is my country" “I spent 110days with St. Euphrasia. My contacts with her during the day, in the dining room, at recreation were very sisterly. We met in the morning and we crossed each other often as her room was not far from mine. I left the door opened so that I could see her pass to the choir and participate in Holy Communion.” It was 110 days of renewal, spiritual growth and a growing affection for the handmaid of the God as she liked to call herself. At the same time love for the Congregation grew... more
On Sunday December 17 th , as part of the exhibition “Cribs of the world” linked with the theme “The Migrants” and for International Migrants Day, the Congregational Spirituality Centre put on the movie “C’est comma ça” (“That’s how it is”) in the Motherhouse and opened the event to the public. This movie produced by Julien Aouidad shows the history of immigration to Angers in the 1960’s-1980’s, with testimonies of people coming from Maghreb, Turkey, Argentina, Portugal and Cambodia, who left their country to come and live in Angers. Following the 70 minutes movie, there was an interesting... more
The 376 th anniversary of the foundation of The congregation of our lady of charity by Saint John Eudes 25th november 1641 – 2017 We share what the Annals from Caen writes about the beginning of the Congregation: The Divine Providence has the time and the moments to accomplish its Works: from all eternity the city of Caen was chosen to be the place where our Institute began and to accomplish the Project of Reverend Father John Eudes, priest and missionary, Founder of the Congregation of the seminaries of Jesus and Mary. His life is well known although not yet written but very well known in... more
Come to visit the exhibition « Cribs of the world » From December 1 st 2017 to January 14 th 2018 In the Good Shepherd Museum of Angers The Congregation of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is an international Congregation of Sisters spread across all 5 continents in more than 70 countries. As is the custom every year, the International Community at the Motherhouse in Angers displays cribs given by communities from different countries. This year, this exhibition of more than 50 cribs, will take place in the Good Shepherd Museum and is linked with the theme: “the Migrants”. This topic,... more
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you” Jer 1:5 416 th anniversary of the birth of St. John Eudes! 1601-2017 God, my Creator, you gave me life To use in you service. That is why I offer it to you and consecrate It entirely to you. I no longer want to live save to serve you With all the love you expect from me. Amenmore
How great is your Creation! Recently, dear daughters, Mother Church put the following words on the lips of the faithful: 'The Lord is admirable in his works and in his Saints." (cf. Ps. 67:36) And only yesterday I read a book entitled: Acts of Love and Adoration by St. Teresa in praise of God's works and of the miracles worked by grace in his saints. Like her, haven't we often been lost in admiration at what comes from the Creator's hand? The majestic sights of nature, the sky, the variety of growing things, the diversity of animals and the marvel of their being. Then there is the art and... more
27 years ago, Maria Agustina Rivas Lopez, RGS, died a martyr. A woman with a Shepherd’s heart. June 13 th 1920 – September 27 th 1990 Agustina grew up in a loving family atmosphere. At home, she learned about Christ’s love for the poor. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in 1942. In October the same year she started her novitiate and received the name of Sister Mary Agustina. On February 8 th , feast of the Heart of Mary, she made her first profession. “You must be martyred by a continual martyrdom of sacrifice and work.” M.E Conf. 63 She lived this... more
Throughout France, about 17 000 monuments opened their doors last week-end for the 34 th edition of European Heritage Days on the theme “Youth and Heritage”. This year, the Congregation of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in collaboration with the Province BFMN offered different visits to help people discover the history, spirituality and mission of the Congregation. On 16 th and 17 th September, 470 visitors (30% more than in 2016!), discovered the Motherhouse site by visiting its main places of interest: the Chapel, the Museum and the St Nicholas Abbey. The clement weather enabled... more
200 th anniversary of the first vows of St. Mary Eufrasia in Our lady of Charity in Tours 1817-2017 150th anniversary of her Golden Jubilee in Angers 1867-2017 Last Friday, 8 th November 2017, around sixty people: Sisters, Mission Partners, Associates and Friends of the Congregation, gathered in the Motherhouse to celebrate the 200 th anniversary of the first vows of St. Mary Eufrasia in Our lady of Charity in Tours and the 150 th anniversary of her Golden Jubilee in Angers. St. Mary Euphrasia and Sr. M. Agustin Fernandez Concha were at the heart of the celebration. They were represented by... more