In April 2017 we were delighted to welcome a group of about 80 mission partners and sisters from all over USA, Canada and Singapore who participated in a regular pilgrimage at the Motherhouse organized by Melinda Stricklen and her team! The Spirituality Centre enabled them to deepen their knowledge of the spirituality of the congregation by guiding them on the labyrinth, and experience to get in touch with oneself, with others, with the earth and with the congregation. They also had the opportunity to visit the new Congregational Museum and they were very impressed by the richness of the... more
Sister Patricia DIET was elected as Province Leader of the Province of Europe-BFMN. She will take up office on 15 th July 2017. The Province Chapter was held in Angers (France) from 21 st to 31 st March 2017. Patricia was born in Angers in 1963 and entered the Good Shepherd in Angers, where our Congregation was founded. She made her perpetual profession on 25 th April 2011 in Angers. Patricia holds a degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in theology. Her apostolic experiences include: reception and accompaniment of people living in highly precarious social conditions and psychological... more
The Unit of Eudist Spirituality has great joy in joining the entire Eudist Family on this celebration of the Feast of the Incarnation of the Son of God. Many undertakings and apostolic works of Saint John Eudes have begun on March 25. We therefore wish to recall a few mediations from John Eudes relating to the Incarnation of Christ, one of the major axis in the Eudist spirituality. On this same day, we celebrate the 374th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (CJM). We will end this presentation with a glance on the beginnings of this «Blessed Congregation*»... more
We pray for our sisters in the province Europe-BFMN during chapter days. The Chapter begins on the 20 to 31th March, 2017. May the Holy Spirit guide them and help them to set the world on fire with God's love.more
We pray for our sisters in West Africa Senegal / Burkina Faso during Assembly days. The Assembly begins on the 28th February to 4th March , 2017. May the Holy Spirit guide them and help them to set the world on fire with God's love.more
504 Hexton Hill Road Silver Spring, MD 20904 Ph: 301-622-6838 Fx: 301-384-1025 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