General news

01-Nov-19
The new Bon Pasteur Center inaugurated in Kolwezi, DR Congo. A safe and supportive space where children can learn, grow and thrive. In a joyful and emotional ceremony, the new Bon Pasteur Centre was officially inaugurated on September 20th in the presence of representatives of the entire community, local authorities, CSOs, business community and funding partners. The center comprises 14 newly equipped classrooms to instruct roughly 1,000 children hailing from the artisanal cobalt mining community of Kanina – Domain Marial, Kolwezi, DR Congo. The Centre will host the activities of the Child... more
01-Nov-19
It is my privilege to share with you some reflections relative to what is meant by "commissioning" and why it is so appropriate a term to use for this event. Today, our volunteers officially join us in a formal relationship to walk with us in mission to all served in Good Shepherd. They share not only in what we do, but who we are. Their words and the reception of their GSV symbols now give them the authority, you might say, to officially represent us as co-missioners, to act and speak in our name, and most especially to witness to our core values, those values now passed on to them by our... more
30-Oct-19
Moliehi Juliet Khasoane Unit Leader Community of South Africa The Sector Assembly of South Africa was held from the 10-14 October 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. Sr. Moliehi Juliet Khasoane was appointed as the New Unit leader (Local Leader) of the Community of South Africa. She began her mandate on the 14 October 2019 for three years. Juliet was born on the 14 th April 1967 in Lesotho. She made her Perpetual Profession in April 2012 with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in South Africa. On 22 July 2014 she began her 3-year probation period to transfer to our Congregation and on the... more
30-Oct-19
Marie Stella Heeyun Rhee Province Leader Province of Northeast Asia Sister Marie Stella Rhee was elected the Province Leader of Northeast Asia. Her mandate will begin on 21 st January 2020. The Province Chapter was held in Chuncheon, Korea, from 10 th to 18 th October 2019. Stella was born in Seoul, Korea, and entered the Good Shepherd in Seoul. She made her perpetual profession on 27 th February 1997 in Seoul, Korea. Stella obtained a master degree in theology and she is a social worker. Her apostolic experiences include: service for teenagers, shelter for women coming away from domestic... more
30-Oct-19
The Province held its Chapter in Germany from 29 September to 6 October. The new Leadership Team 2020-2023: Left to right: Sisters.Hedwig Ortkemper, Daniela Kubiak, M.Cordis Ganslmeier, Province Leader (second term), M.Brigitte Bindl, and Adelgund Philipp. Their mandate begins February 8th 2020. Congratulations and blessings to all!more
30-Oct-19
Sandra Suárez Cordero Province LEADER Bolivia/Chile Sister Sandra Suárez Cordero was elected by the Chapter on the 20 th October, on the Congregational feast of the Divine Heart of Jesus, during the third Province Chapter of Bolivia/Chile, in the house of “Retiro San José” in Malloco. Sister Sandra was born in Beni-Bolivia, on July 10, 1968. She made her first profession in the Congregation on September 9, 1989. She is a Professor by training and also has a Degree in Religious Sciences. She carried out many responsibilities in the Congregation: promoter of youth ministry, Promoter of youth,... more
21-Oct-19
The Good Shepherd Congregation has a twofold reason to celebrate. This year is the 165 th anniversary of St. Mary Euphrasia’s purchase of St. Nicholas Abbey. We are also in the midst of preparing for the millennium celebration of the Abbey. The remembrance of these two historic events invites us to revisit the beautiful pages of the congregation’s history and to have a foretaste of the coming celebration in August 2020. St. Nicholas Abbey, founded in 1020 by Foulques III or Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou, housed a monastery of Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. The monks were... more
21-Oct-19
Transformative Communities Series: Contemplative Presence in an Era of Complexity When one reflects on contemplative presence, there is a tendency to focus from the lens of the interpersonal rather than communal. This article explores the power of the Transformative Community to be instruments of peace and reconciliation when it embodies contemplative presence from a collective perspective. The Transformative community’s essence to the world originates with the acronym, “HOLD” hospitality, oneness, love, and diversity. These four virtues, when connected, establish a safe container for public... more
17-Oct-19
Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, As the Congregation moves forward to implement the Child Safeguarding Policy, there will be a position on the congregational level for someone to be the Coordinator. This position is open to anyone associated with the congregation and the necessary skills. In addition, the position will be advertised to the broader public through GSIF. If you know anyone who meets the requirements and is interested, kindly share the attached Role Description and application process of the Child Safeguarding Coordinator. Thank you so much for your assistance.more
12-Oct-19
“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often”. J.H. Newman Today is the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman. In this occasion, we remember our seventh Congregational Leader Sister Mary Thomas Aquinas Lee, Newman’s cousin. Agnes Lee, the youngest of four children, was born April 21, 1909 into a "very English and staunchly Anglican family, living in north Burma at the time." Her father was principal of a school, and functioned in the education branch of the British colonial service, specifically in education. Therefore, her childhood was spent in Burma. In 1922, her... more