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Communication from Sr. Ellen to all Unit Leaders : Dear Sisters and Partners in Mission, As we remember the anniversary of the death of Sr. Aguchita on 27 September, we are happy to share with you the attached information from Bishop Gerardo Zerdin. Bishop Zerdin of the Vicariate of San Ramon, Peru, published the Edict announcing the opening of Aguchita’s Cause (see attached). As part of the Tribunal process, it is required to submit any writings as described in the Edict to the Postulator, Dr. Waldery Hilgeman. If anyone has any private writings of Aguchita, a copy of these may be sent by... more
Sr. Maria Juanita "Nenet" Daño, far left, with drug users who came forward for counseling. At far right is the barangay (area) chairperson. (Contributed photo) by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo Manila, Philippines After emerging from a face-to-face meeting with six drug users, Sr. Maria Juanita "Nenet" Daño heaves a small sigh of relief that perhaps these men will not meet a bloody end like dozens of others in the San Andres Bukid slum area in Manila, where she works. They have come forward to undergo counseling, hoping to change their ways and avoid becoming victims in the government's ongoing anti-drug... more
During the 9 days which precede the celebration of our Founder, we ask Jesus and Mary, the Superiors of our Congregation, so that the power of the Holy Spirit fills our hearts. So, the Spirit of the truth will cleanse us of all which clutters our internal life and the Spirit of freedom will urge us to love more and to give us to the mission "Cord magno et animo volenti.” Every day, after the brief proposed meditation, we’ll pray Ave Cor (if possible in community or in a group). This novena can be done by the incorporated and the candidates, by the friends and the partners, and by all the... more
SOUHAILA BOU SAMRA Province Leader of Lebanon / Syria Sister Souhaila Bou Samra was appointed Province Leader of the Province of Lebanon / Syria. She will take office on September 21, 2017. The chapter of the Province took place at Saydet el Bir (Lebanon) from 11-15 July 2017. Sr. Souhaila was born in Lebanon, on 08 September 1960, and she entered the Good Shepherd in Ain Aar (Lebanon) in 1983. She made her first profession in 1986 and her perpetual profession in 1991 in Lebanon. Souhaila holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a diploma in theological studies at the University of Saint-... more
We pray for our sisters in the province of Lebanon/Syria during Chapter days. The Chapter begins on the 11 to 15th July, 2017. May the Holy Spirit guide them and help them to set the world on fire with God's love.more
A collection of the Helping Hands art therapy activities (Lauren Magee) Nong Khai, Thailand Notes from the Field includes reports from young people volunteering in ministries of Catholic sisters. A partnership with Catholic Volunteer Network, the project began in the summer of 2015. This is our fifth round of bloggers: Katie Delaney is a Good Shepherd Volunteer with the Fundación Madre Josefa (Mother Joseph Foundation) in Santiago, Chile, and Lauren Magee is a Good Shepherd Volunteer at Hands of Hope, an income-generating project that provides dignified employment for villagers living with... more
In these days, Catholic Church has three commemora-tions with a Eudis background: The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, High and Eternal Priest, the solemnity of the Heart of Jesus and the special memory of the Immacu-late Heart of Mary. With these celebrations the Department of Eudist Spi-rituality wants to invite all the Great Eudist Family to meditate with Saint John Eudes about the content of these three feasts, which we have called “Eudist Tri-duum”. You will find here a proposal to celebrate these dates from our spirituality: a payer to start, a meditati-on and a final prayer. We hope this... more
A collaboration between three Provinces and the Good Shepherd International Foundation (formerly the Mission Development Office) in Rome, has resulted in a young woman from Melbourne, Australia, Tracy Collier, going from Australia to Nicaragua on secondment. Background to the project In 2015 Cristina Duranti, Director of the Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF), approached the Province of Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand about the possibility of co-facilitating an inclusive finance workshop in Central America. The Province of Central America had two funded microfinance projects... more
INÊS DA CONCEIÇÃO SEBASTIÃO XAVIER DENGA Sector Leader of angola/mozambique Inês da Conceição Sebastião Xavier Denga was elected the Sector Leader of Angola-Mozambique at their VI Sector Assembly held in Luanda, Angola from 19-26 May 2017. Sr. Inês was born in Camabatela, Province of North Kwanza, Angola, on 23 January 1967. She joined the Congregation in Samba Cajú and made her first profession on 17 July 1988, and her perpetual vows on 5 February 1995, both events in Camabatela. She studied in Lisbon, Portugal at the Portugal Catholic University and received her licentiate in theology in... more
FRANCISCA TORRES CALVO Province Leader of Central America During the Province Chapter, which was held in Costa Rica from the 22nd to the 27th of May 2017, Sr. Francisca Torres Calvo was re-elected as the Province Leader of Central America. Francisca is of Costa Rican nationality and entered the Congregation and pronounced her temporary vows on the 8th of August 1969 and made perpetual profession on the 24th April 1976. She completed studies in teaching and received a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and an advanced degree in Theology. Over the years, Francisca has worked in various... more