Article by Sr. Noelene White, Province of Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand. Recently Sr. Monica Walsh, Province Leader, and Sr. Noelene White were privileged to attend the launch of a new government-funded refuge that opened in Victoria, Australia. The purpose-built facility is managed and staffed by qualified Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (GSANZ) personnel and accommodates women and children from family violence situations. Due to privacy and security requirements, the launch was a very low-key and informal occasion. During the opening address, Sr. Monica emphasized the link between this... more
Article by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, Province of Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand. For over 150 years, the Congregation in Australia and New Zealand has tackled the emerging needs of our time and disrupted the systems that stand in the way of the well-being and empowerment of women and families. Stewards of a centuries-old mission, today, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (GSANZ), remains focused on ensuring women, girls and families are safe, strong, well, and connected. Over time, how we do this has evolved to encompass the challenges presented by the fast-changing world in which... more
Article by Good Shepherd NZ, Province of Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand. Family violence is one of New Zealand’s most significant problems. One in three (35%) New Zealand women experience physical or sexual harm from a partner during their lifetime, and when psychological, emotional or economic harm is included, that increases to 55% of women. Economic harm or abuse is a specific type of family violence that causes an individual to become financially dependent on another person by obstructing their access to resources or independent economic activity such as employment. A lack of financial... more
Article by Sr Micheline Lattouf, Province of Lebanon/Syria. For years, Lebanon has been in crisis at all levels. However, since the explosion of August 4, 2020, the socio-economic situation has been in catastrophic decline. Everyone hoped that the revolution would path the way for positive change; yet, unfortunately, the situation is only going from bad to worse: garbage is piling up, power cuts last for 22 hours a day, service stations have long queues, "hundreds" of healthcare products are unavailable, hospitals have shut entire wings for lack of medical products and can no longer receive... more
Article from the Province of East Asia. Since 2010, Good Shepherd Phuket Town (GSPT) has been a solitary beacon of hope for the poor in slum areas around the fishing port in Phuket, Thailand. Living in inhumane, unsanitary conditions in squalid encampments, many fall prey to unscrupulous employers in the construction industry or human trafficking. However, through love and education, the GSPT is able to break the cycle of extreme poverty and offer them hope for the future. The GSPT primarily serves the community of migrant workers from Myanmar living in Phuket by offering a learning center... more
Article by Chris Herlinger , Global Sisters Report. The Laudato Si' Action Platform invites seven groups on a seven-year journey to take action toward integral ecology. The seven groups are families; dioceses and parishes; schools and universities; hospitals and health care centers; businesses and farms; religious orders and provinces. (Courtesy of UISG) Religious communities are at the forefront of the transition to a more sustainable world but must continue to set an example and expand their efforts, sister advocates said during a June 9 online gathering. "We're stepping up to be in a... more
Article by the Sector of Angola and Mozambique (SAM). The sisters have been empowering girls, women, children, and their families in Angola since 1963 and Mozambique since 1995. In 2013, a local Mission Development Office was established to help the mission grow and become more effective. Since then, in partnership with Good Shepherd International Foundation, the sisters have reviewed and improved existing ministries and developed new professionally managed programs. They have improved their initiatives in skills training, adult literacy, formal and informal education, and maternal and child... more
Article by the Province of Argentina/Uruguay. On August 13, 1885, during a period in Argentina of notable growth in religious orders, a group of eight sisters from Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd arrived in Buenos Aires. After a short stay at the Monastery of the Visitation of Saint Mary, the sisters - five from Chile and three from Uruguay - founded their first house in the city. Like many of the religious orders that arrived towards the end of the 19 th century, they came to the country to provide welfare and education, filling a gap in the social provisions of the conservative... more
On Saturday April 10, 2021, Pope Francis appointed twenty new consultors of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, led by Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. A French monk is among the new consultors in the figure of Dom Dysmas de Lassus. Prior of the Grande Chartreuse monastery and Minister General of the Carthusians since 2014, he is known for his commitment in the fight against abuses within communities... more
Article by the Good Shepherd Community Learning Center, Community of South Africa. Twenty-nine years ago, Sister Colleen Simpson founded the Good Shepherd Community Learning Center in the impoverished Madidi community in South Africa’s North West Province. Since its inception, the center has been providing quality services of education, healthcare, and social welfare with compassionate care to women, children, and youth from the local community and surrounding villages. As a delivery site for the North West Community College, the center offers post-school students from the ages of 16 up to 85... more