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
Article by the Province of Philippines–Japan It was one festive day after another as Good Shepherd Sunday fell on April 25 – the day after the Feast of Saint Mary Euphrasia. Despite missing the presence of other sisters, family, and friends, the two days brought life and joy to the community – and even beyond – after some time of relative quiet, given the absence of live Masses and gatherings in our Good Shepherd compound in Quezon City in the Philippines. Mass for Saint Mary Euphrasia’s Feast was presided by Fr. Robert Leus, CJM. In his homily, Fr. Robert emphasized how the same love that... more
Article by Ana Isabel Hernández Navarro, lay partner in mission, Province of Central America. As a form of homage to St. Mary Euphrasia, on April 24 the Province of Central America's lay partners in mission submitted videos about how they understood the meaning of this saint's life in our present times. One single video was edited together from these submissions. I would like to share some of the core principles that resonate with us through the various voices and visions that unite us together. The contributions highlight some aspects of a life which was nourished by her experience of God,... more
Article by the Communities of West Africa (Senegal/Burkina Faso). Having arrived in Burkina Faso on December 3, 2011, at the end of this year the Communities of West Africa will celebrate ten years since we established the Bobo-Dioulasso Community in Burkina Faso. From the initial three founding sisters, the community now has nine members of four different nationalities: Burkinabe, Malian, Filipino, and Indian (two of whom are studying in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso). In addition, there are two pre-novices and three pre-postulants living with the community to experience and share... more
Article by the Communities of West Africa: Senegal/Burkina Faso. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in Senegal would like to share about the three ministries we offer in Thiès, Senegal: The 'Marie Droste Class' entrepreneurship skills training, the sewing workshop, and the 'La Prairie' childcare center. The Maria Droste Class and the sewing workshop The women and girls in the Maria Droste Class during the cooking module The Maria Droste Class and the sewing workshop are ministries offered in the city of Thiès to vulnerable women and girls at risk who are socially excluded... more
Article by the Province of Egypt/Sudan. 'The Lord will treat me with kindness to the end. Lord, your faithful love endures forever; do not abandon the work of your hands' (Ps 138:8). On February 20, 2021, Sr. Angelina Michael Wen Garden celebrated her 25th anniversary of religious life. Born on December 14, 1964, in Wau, Bahr El Gazal, in northwestern South Sudan, Sr. Angelina joined the Congregation in 1991 in Khartoum, Sudan. She made her first profession in Cairo, Egypt, on December 8, 1995. In 2015, Angelina Michael was a founding member of the Community of Our Lady of Charity of the Good... more
Article by the Province of South East Latin America Our Province of South East Latin America (Paraguay and Brazil) held its fourth Provincial Chapter from March 1 to 5, 2021, during which we were deeply enriched by the presence of our apostolic and contemplative lay partners in mission. By God's grace, the Congregation can share the mission of Jesus the Good Shepherd with our lay partners. On the opening day of Chapter celebrations, some of the participating partners shared their testimonies, which we would like to share now with the Congregation. Flávio and Marcia "We feel grateful for how... more
Article by Sister Madeleine Villepontoux Province of Europe-BFMN To the rhythm of liturgical celebrations, Sister Madeleine Villepontoux, 88 years old – a member of the community in Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France – shares her experience of confinement following her positive COVID-19 diagnosis last October. Autumn has set in and unfurled its beautiful colors that the faint sun attempts to illuminate... October 20, 2020 : The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus spent joyfully in prayer. However, the very next day: "complete confinement." Positive cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the house,... more