Article from the Asociación Equipo Solidaridad, Province of Spain. During the mid-1980s, the Congregation arrived in Badajoz, Spain, to challenge the high levels of social exclusion present there. The sisters partnered with laypeople and other Church groups to establish the Asociación Equipo Solidaridad ( Solidarity Partnership Team ), a non-profit NGO that works with vulnerable groups to provide specific support to access work and actively participate in society, each with their distinct identities. This social and employment inclusion project for excluded or at-risk groups focuses on... more
Article by Sr. Florentine, District of The Isles. Eighteen months ago, on March 25, 2020, a new Leadership Team took on responsibility to lead the District of The Isles. The team began its mission at the same time as the many critical restrictions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic came into force. This situation, which shook the entire world, did not fail to destabilize the islands as well: border closures, quarantines, and an increase in the number of vulnerable and violent people... Amid all this, the team began its mission to lead, serve, and give life so that our mission could continue. All... more
Article by Mauricio Castillo Cortés, Province of Bolivia/Chile. Under the slogan "Enough! Stop dealing in human trafficking" and the hashtag #findelatrata (in English, #endhumantrafficking), the Province of Bolivia/Chile celebrated another year of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, together with the entire Congregation and global international organizations. As part of the celebration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons , the Province's Justice and Peace Office, directed by Karimme Muñoz, created several advocacy initiatives on this issue. To mark the event, among other... more
Article from the Province of Austria/Switzerland/Czech Republic. For several generations of students, the province's two vocational secondary education schools, BBS Baumgartenberg and ABZ St. Josef , have ensured that young people are optimally prepared for their future careers. As a province, we constantly invest in school equipment and facilities and improve the learning curriculum to ensure students receive a comprehensive education. At the two locations, they learn how to face the challenges they will encounter and the necessary skills they'll need for their professional and private lives... more
Article by Daniela Maia, Mission Partner, Province of Portugal. A blue and white tiled hallway, an aquarium, and a painting: this is what I saw when I first entered the Casa dos Afetos – the 'house of affections' which would come to reveal itself as my calling. I was very young then and had many dreams. When I arrived, I was shy but determined, with the smile of someone who wanted to change the world! These little worlds! At that time, 18 years ago, I was chosen to be part of a mission: one filled with expectations and challenges. Offering love, smiles, nurture, and affection. It would become... more
Article by Stella Rhee, Province of Northeast Asia. Madeleine's House was opened in January 2019 by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in Korea to help victims of prostitution recover their human rights and become healthy members of society. The name of the House is based on the history of the opening of a refuge for prostitutes, which arose as a response to a challenge to St. John Eudes by Ms. Madeleine Lamy to do something concrete for these people. The following letter has been written by Yumi Lee, a former resident of Madeleine's House. She has obtained her nursing... more
Article by Sr Angeline Lau, Province of Singapore/Malaysia. Our Good Shepherd Convent is located in Johor State at the southern end of the West Malaysian Peninsula, just across from Johor causeway, which separates us from the island of Singapore. The State is one of the main destinations for migrant workers in Malaysia. Deeply aware that our Congregational and Province direction statements call us to reach out to migrants and refugees, the sisters in the community at Johor responded by assisting migrants and refugees in need who were badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Province... more
Article by Sr. Noelene White, Province of Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand. Recently Sr. Monica Walsh, Province Leader, and Sr. Noelene White were privileged to attend the launch of a new government-funded refuge that opened in Victoria, Australia. The purpose-built facility is managed and staffed by qualified Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (GSANZ) personnel and accommodates women and children from family violence situations. Due to privacy and security requirements, the launch was a very low-key and informal occasion. During the opening address, Sr. Monica emphasized the link between this... more
Article by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, Province of Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand. For over 150 years, the Congregation in Australia and New Zealand has tackled the emerging needs of our time and disrupted the systems that stand in the way of the well-being and empowerment of women and families. Stewards of a centuries-old mission, today, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (GSANZ), remains focused on ensuring women, girls and families are safe, strong, well, and connected. Over time, how we do this has evolved to encompass the challenges presented by the fast-changing world in which... more
Article by Good Shepherd NZ, Province of Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand. Family violence is one of New Zealand’s most significant problems. One in three (35%) New Zealand women experience physical or sexual harm from a partner during their lifetime, and when psychological, emotional or economic harm is included, that increases to 55% of women. Economic harm or abuse is a specific type of family violence that causes an individual to become financially dependent on another person by obstructing their access to resources or independent economic activity such as employment. A lack of financial... more