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Led by Sr. Ellen Kelly carrying a lighted lantern, accompanied by Sr. Zelna on the drum, the participants processed from the garden to the meeting room, full of hope and expectancy, the strains of the gathering song “God Delights in You” (Monica Brown) echoing in their ears. The session had officially begun. The meeting room was colorfully decorated with a large heart at the centre, where each sister was invited to place a smaller heart expressing her blessings for the session. Participants come from 20 Units, more than 27 counties in all In her address to the group, Sr. Ellen recalled that... more
The hot topic on the minds of the Good Shepherd family is the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border. Hundreds of "freedom warriors" from border states began rallying at the detention camps in Tornillo, Texas, in late June. Their aim has been to show the nation that people will not stand for the deportation force. The rallies have been in response to the deportation force's detention of over 1,500 minors. This is President Donald Trump's latest executive order. It allows for the separation of families across the country and increased interior enforcement... more
Greetings from the International Committees (IC)! The 3 International Committees (IC) met in Rome from 11-15 June for the 3 rd time. The goal of the meeting was to create a report and recommendations from the data gathered from the Conversation Circles of the 5 regions, regarding Community for mission, Formation and Full engagement of Partnership. We gratefully appreciate your support and commitment towards the implementation of the Conversation Circles with sisters and mission partners in your own Units. More detailed information will be shared with you in July by the International... more
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.” L. R. Knost Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, Your Congregational Chapter Planning Committee has completed the first small step of the long and exciting journey through the ICA’s into our 31 st Congregational Chapter. We are privileged and graced in this sacred time to glean from you the treasures, hopes, dreams and desires to... more
Inter-cultural community- the reality! Sr. Christine Burke, IBVM Christine Burke is an IBVM (Loreto) sister who entered religious life in the exciting years of Vatican II. Her ministry has been mainly in adult faith education and tertiary theological education, followed by some time in leadership of the province of Australia, Vietnam and Timor Leste.The last four years she has lived in Manila, in community with young sisters from China, Korea and USA, who are studying theology. She is also involved in some teaching and facilitation work for novices and other congregations. Sr. Christine... more
The community of Senegal in process of drawing up the strategic plan Since Monday 21, while the country was still vibrating to the rhythm of the National Pilgrimage at the foot of Our Lady of the Deliverance of Popenguine, Simone and Marco de GSIF arrived to work some days on the strategic plan of our community. Tuesday was planned for communities’ visit, not too distant to facilitate the integration of Marco because Simone had already visited the Communities in December 2017. The days from Wednesday to Friday, saw the participation of all the Sisters to live this process of strategic... more
“Transformational leadership is a way of being leaders arising out of the depths of the wisdom within eachof us ……” Phillip Pinto cfc From the 04 th to the 13 th of March 2018, a session was held on Formation for New Leadership Teams. The Units of Eastern Central Africa, Singapore/Malaysia, South Africa and South West India, consisting of 21 participants gathered at the Generalate in Rome. This session was organized by the CLT in response to the call by the 30th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement in recognizing that “ Leadership now and into the future requires preparation and... more
“Transformational leadership is a way of being leaders arising out of the depths of the wisdom within each of us, a wisdom that allows others the space and opportunity to transform their own lives.” (30 th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement) In response to the call by the Congregational Leadership Team, 7 new Unit Leadership teams from Montreal, Europe-BFMN, Lebanon-Syria, Central South US, Austria/Schweiz/Czech, New York-Toronto and West Africa, gathered in Rome from 14-23 February for a session together. “Leadership now and into the future requires preparation and training” (30 th... more
To offer a saint to be named a Doctor of the Church is to offer richness and a reference point for the life of the baptized. In offering St. John Eudes, we wish to highlight a saint who, in difficult times of disunity and uncertainty, worked for the renewal of Christian life; a saint who, through the powerful image of the heart, has opened a practical spiritual path whereby a baptized person, following Mary, is invited to “form Jesus in him/her. The recognition of St. John Eudes as a Doctor of the Church would place in the mainstream the valuable school of French spirituality which has... more