Riding the Wind: Embodying New Ways of Being Leaders and Members Sr. John Lopez, Congregation's Province Leader, welcoming the participants Opening Ritual The opening ritual began with all the participants “building an altar” that has become the center piece throughout the sessions. It reminded them that they are of the Divine and that the Burning Bush is ever aglow within Creation. These... read more
Article by the Provincial Office of Communications, Province of Colombo-Venezolana. The El Buen Pastor Foundation of the Province of Colombo-Venezolana provides spiritual accompaniment and fosters opportunities for the empowerment of women oppressed and excluded by interrelated forms of inequality, discrimination, and domination so that - free of violence – they can achieve the goals they hope... read more
Article by Wade Johnston, Partner in Mission, Province of New York - Toronto. In June 1998, on the final morning of a National Gathering of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (OLCGS) agencies held in the USA, a small group of Canadian participants, so inspired by the experiences over the course of the gathering, joined together for breakfast, broke bread and pondered on the... read more
Article by Hubert HM Janssen, Partner in Mission, Province of Europe-BFMN. In 2014, fifteen Dutch sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd vacated their last convent in the Netherlands on the Dennenheuvel Estate to move into a residential care home. For over 90 years, the sisters had been present in Bloemendaal. For the first 60 years, they lived and worked with girls and women in... read more
Dear Sisters and Partners in Mission, On this Feast of the Annunciation, we are delighted to share this special edition newsletter (file attached) containing interviews carried out with the new Congregational Leadership Team. In today’s Gospel, we listen to Mary’s courageous reply to the angel Gabriel: “Let it be done to me according to thy word” (Lk 1:38). And in these interviews, we hear the... read more
Article by Michelle Yanche, Province of New York-Toronto. “Dear God, what are we doing in this world and why are we here, if not to contribute to the well-being of our neighbors.” St. Mary Euphrasia, Conferences, p. 45 When I was first introduced to Good Shepherd Services (GSS) in New York City in 1993, I was a recent college graduate ready for a career helping others. The more I learned about... read more
Article by Sr. Magdalena Franciscus, Province of Europe-BFMN. In Europe, particularly in France, secularization has advanced rapidly in recent years, and the issue of sexual abuse uncovered in the CIASE report has highlighted the Catholic Church's lack of credibility and further increased people's distrust in it. Despite this, in this bleak context, the Province of Europe-BFMN has agreed to open... read more
Article by Sr. Mary Kaluki, Province of Eastern Central Africa (ECAP). The writings of Saint John Eudes and Saint Mary Euphrasia fire us to live for souls. I feel this even more so since my temporary profession late last year when I was sent on mission to the award-winning Bon Pasteur Kolwezi program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The program began in 2013 to minister to artisanal... read more
Article from the Province of Italy/Malta. The Centro delle Donne Libere dalla Violenza (Center for Women Free from Violence) in Quinto di Treviso, Italy – supported by the Province’s Welcome House Domus Nostra (in Italian), in partnership with the cooperative La Esse in Treviso – celebrated its first anniversary on December 10, 2021, by holding an open day. Opening its doors to the public, it... read more
Article by Mauricio Castillo Cortés, Province of Peru. The town of La Florida, where Sister Aguchita met her martyrdom, is located at the edge of the jungle in the region of Junín in Peru. On the occasion of her beatification process, the Bishop of the Vicariate of San Ramón, Monsignor Gerardo Zerdin, requested that the Congregation returns to La Florida. He wished for the sisters to continue the... read more