Spirituality Center

We are currently going through an unprecedented global health crisis. In the Spirituality Centre in Angers, we thought it would be interesting to question ourselves. Searching the archives, we discovered the many epidemics faced by the communities in the Congregation, starting from the times of St. John Eudes and St. Mary Euphrasia up to today. At times when medical knowledge was still very limited, we wondered to what extent the communities and establishments had been affected. How did the Sisters and the people in their care face these trials? In various correspondences, the annals and the... more
Every year, during the summer months, the Sisters of the Mother House are very faithful to ensure a presence in Noirmoutier and to open the Birth House to the public. In March 2020 the lockdown began and we asked ourselves the question what will become of our activities in Noirmoutier. Luckily with the end of the lockdown we were able to organize our presence thanks to a team made up of some sisters from the international community, the Province and several mission partners. From the 2 nd of July to the 27 th of August we were present at the Birth House and every day the oratory was open to... more
Good Shepherd Museum in Angers: Christmas 2018 “LIFE is a TREASURE entrusted to us” was the theme for this year in reference to the encyclical “LAUDATO SI” in the year 2015 by Pope Francis. The visitors were invited to view a YouTube on the environment, from Caritas Canada: Development and Peace after visiting the cribs. How to protect Life which is a treasure for which we are all responsible for the coming generations? How to protect “Our common Home against the pollution of air, water and the earth; and to be a counter current to a “throw-away culture”? Can we change our way of life? An... more
November 21 st – Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady – A Feast with a biblical tradition. Icon of the Presentation in the temple of the Mother of God. By Hieromoine Cyrille. (bradette) There existed among the Jewish people the custom of consecrating to God some young children. They were brought to the Temple for the consecration ceremony. The Gospels tell us nothing about the childhood of Mary but tradition teaches us that she was solemnly offered to God in the temple. This presentation signifies the feast of the 21 st of November. In this icon we see the High Priest Zachary who inclines... more
Feast of Saint Jeanne Jugan August 30 th On the 30 th of August the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Congregation of the little Sisters of the Poor. Her religious name was Sister Mary of the Cross. Jeanne Jugan was born on October 25, 1792 in a small fishing village of Brittany, France. At the age 45 Jeanne formed a community dedicated to the poor and by 1854 there were 2400 little Sisters of the poor and had spread across Europe and across the Ocean. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October... more
July 31 st 2018 Growing in holiness, step by step We are all called to holiness. Saints are people like us; they made mistakes and even sinned. Rose Virginie (baptismal name of Mary Euphrasia), was a lively, mischievous and enthusiastic girl who liked to play all sorts of pranks. One day, she steals her cousin’s wig, while he is sleeping in the woods, and hangs it on his door. After reflecting on her actions, she prays Lord, make me better. I promise I will ask him to forgive me.”* Holiness grows with the ability to conversion, to repentance, to begin again and above all, the capacity of... more
Deepening our identity together from May 29 th to June 9 th 2018 This session brought together 12 sisters and one mission partner for the whole session. Two sisters from the community of St. Peter that resides in the Mother House joined the group for the last four days of retreat. There were 11 English speaking sisters coming from India (2), Sri Lanka(7) and South Korea(2); 2 French speaking participants, 1 sister from Canada and one mission partner from Angers. The first five days were consecrated to St. John Eudes and St. M. Euphrasia. This included 3 pilgrimages, Caen, Noirmoutier, Tours... more
« Hear your name » We all have received a name which identifies us and distinguishes us from others. Our name is beautiful, absolutely meaningful when it is pronounced by people who love us. We can hear our names: « Anne, Peter, Jane… and today “Mary!” called by the Risen Christ. This woman who came back to the tomb because of love. She returns because she grieves, she is sad, with tears in her eyes. She is looking for a sign, hoping that someone could alleviate her grief. Mary Magdalene hears the loving voice of the Lord and she answers “Teacher”. He asks her to spread the good news of the... more
Session with the Mission Partners from Singapore on 13 th -22 nd June 2018 Following the group from Macau (30 th April-7 th May) a group from Singapore came to the Mother House for 8 day session (13 th -22 nd June). This group had 15 Mission Partners and one Good Shepherd Sister from Malaysia who is responsible for “Enrichment Mission” Project in Singapore. Among the Mission Partners there were 6 teachers of the “Mary Mount” kindergarten, 8 teachers of the “Mary Mount” primary school and one Good Shepherd volunteer who has her own job. As teachers, they were eager to learn the history and... more
“We are all sowers of hope” was the theme chosen for the event we organized for young people on May 25 th 2018. We were inspired by the fact that St. Mary Euphrasia was called “Madame de l’Esperance” (Lady of Hope) and we wanted this message of hope for our young people today to be an extension of the celebrations for the 150 th anniversary of her death this year. In order to organize this event we contacted the Parish Priest, Fr. Jean-Paul Avrillon to know how to reach the young people. He suggested speak directly to the chaplains who work in colleges and high schools, among others the... more