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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
The RIMOA - EUROPE Regional Formation Core Team met in Johannesburg- South Africa from the 16 – 21 st August 2018. One person from 6 RIMOA Units ( Angola- Mozambique, ECAP, Isles, Lebanon -Syria, Egypt-Sudan and South Africa) representing their formation teams and the Europe representative for formation participated. A representative from the RIMOA leaders and our RIMOA link Councilor were also present. As several new sisters joined the team this year it was important to review the history of the RIMOA - EUROPE Regional Formation Core Team and to situate it within the Congregational structure... more
This week, presented by Clare Nolan RGS focused on “Development of Mission in a Global Context.” Global trends presented were: The changing face of poverty Social mobility and migration Globalization Access to financial resources for ministry becoming more competitive A move toward policies that exclude which impact on economic and social realities A search for the Spiritual and a move away from institutional religion Commodification of human beings Human rights Increase in Grass Roots empowerment movements. The participants, as members of our congregation, were asked to share on “What is... more
This week focused on “Community and Communion for Mission” and was led by Sr. Mary Sujita SND. She began with a presentation on different styles and barriers to communication. The group was invited to reflect and share on blocks to effective communication in their community. Among points mentioned were a lack of listening, judgmental attitudes, blaming others and difficulties in direct communication. The group reflected cultural influences coming from the family of origin. It was only after Vatican II that congregations put more emphasis on cultural sensitivity and enculturation and the... more
On Friday evening the 10 th of August we were entertained by a wonderful display of international culture through song, dance and visual presentations. The following week, presentations on “ Congregational Culture and Beyond” were led by Honorine Yamba, SNDdeN, Josefina Tondo and Olga Soldevilla RGS. We heard how culture is learned, shared and practiced. Culture includes behavior, language, traditions, norms, social relations, emotions, values and beliefs. Our family socializes us into a particular culture. Through experiential exercises, participants reflected on understanding behaviors in... more