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Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, The Congregation continues to be blessed with many wonderful sisters and lay partners who have developed the mission, deepen our spirituality and our understanding of justice and peace. In the past few days, we have celebrated the life of two women who are models for us. Srs. Marie-Francoise Le Brizaut and Delia Rodríguez came from different parts of the world and cultures. They had a variety of skills that seemed so different and yet they came together as they were rooted in the same spiritual heritage and mission- to live the love of God for all people... more
This vision catapults the collective body to meet a critical social need by creating a culture and collaborative network to achieve an inspirational dream. These dreams are historically generated by a small cohort of people who passionately believe in a world not yet imagined. Today, transformative communities are the catalyst in a world struggling to form groups that seek solutions for the common good. This reality is even more imperative as we move into an intercultural and interconnected world. There is a tendency to see natural catastrophes, poverty, and immigration as the issue. The more... more
Wells of Hope is the latest project to be unveiled by Talitha Kum – an international network against trafficking in human persons.In 2009 the International Union of Superiors’ General (UISG) in Rome founded the organization to serve as a platform for collaboration, cooperation and exchange of information. Among the goals of Talitha Kum is the development and improvement of anti-trafficking activities carried out by consecrated persons in the various countries of the world, across the five continents. Since 2016, the focus has moved towards the Middle East, a region that has become a... more
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law (Gal 4, 4) By F. Camilo Bernal, Eudist For John Eudes the Incarnation constitutes the basis for realizing the states and mysteries of Jesus. Without the Incarnation there would be no mystery of the holy infancy of Jesus, his cross, his Resurrection, nor his Heart. This underlines the centrality of the mystery of the Incarnation in Eudist spirituality. Using theological language, very close to the academic, St John Eudes expresses the essence of the mystery of the Incarnation in this way: "Hypostatically united... more
Good Shepherd Institute for Mission Non–Violence from a Good Shepherd Perspective Sr. Claudia Palacios Lately I have been thinking a lot about how to be more aware of the gift that we as Good Shepherd Sisters and Good Shepherd People have in regard to our Good Shepherd Spirituality as it relates to the topic of non-violence. Naturally, I have turned to St. Mary Euphrasia. Mary Euphrasia is certainly a good model of non-violence for us. She herself experienced the consequences of war and violent events in her life, such as the sudden death of her father, separation from her family,... more
Annual Meeting of the Rimoa Leaders Choubra - EGYPT 17 to 22 September 2018 The Congregation was founded in Egypt in1845 during the leadership of St. Mary Euphrasia. We stayed and had our meeting in Choubra Convent which was founded in 1859. You can imagine the joy we felt being in the land of Pharaoh with our sisters. We began our meeting with a time given for personal reflections and conversations. Every year, we choose a theme of more in-depth sharing on the realities of our units. This year, it was about the Formation: initial and ongoing formation in our different units. Over the next... more
Angers , 96 Nazareth street. Bishop Delmas, Angers, celebrates the Thanksgiving Eucharist, with 200 people attending... among which Sisters, associations, employees, volunteers, and migrant families. Article and photo by: Mireille PUAU For thirty years, there had been here no ceremony! Nazareth Chapel re-open its doors yesterday, for the last eucharistic celebration, with Mgr Delmas, Bishop of Angers. A highly symbolic moment for the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd who lived here for… 172 years. Sold to a real estate developer, this property of 5 hectares will soon welcome... more
Province of Central America San José, Costa Rica - August 19 – 24 August 2018 In response to the call of our 30th Congregational Chapter that expresses “ Leadership now and into the future requires preparation and training” and in response to the urgent need of our Province, we have begun on August 19 the First Session of a Training program titled: "Leadership in partnership according to the Heart of the Good Shepherd" in which we, sisters and laity, are participating, with much enthusiasm, openness and availability. The participants come from the seven countries that make up the Province... more
HOLINESS IN THE LIFETIME OF A SINGLE WOMAN "AGUCHITA" "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Mt 5,3 From the process of Beatification of Sr. Ma. Agustina we share this reflection. ENVIRONMENT: candle, flowers, fruits, sign "LIVE FULL DAYS", They symbolize a full life, committed to poor people. REFLECTION: HOLINESS IN A WORLD OF DETERIORATION OF VALUES We are living the call to holiness, now that the world is experiencing the deterioration of values, Justice, Peace, Freedom, Truth, loss of the meaning of life, the dignity of the person, the inadequate use of... more
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD As we began our last week, we welcomed Marco Casavecchia from GSIF in Rome who is the director of capacity development. Marco introduced a self-directed learning process to help the participants continue their learning after they return home. The group practiced the use of the template Marco presented and were helped to work through questions raised. The participants also reflected on a process of sharing with their formator or contact person. It calls for a review of the 8 weeks spent in Angers, challenging them to look at how they experienced this time at a deep... more