Flash News

With gentleness and kindness, sustain the bruised reed, and let us not extinguish the faltering flame. (St. M. Euphrasia) Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, We request your prayers for our sisters, mission partners, program participants and all the people of Myanmar as they navigate this time of political unrest. Rebecca Kay, Province Leader of East Asia, shared: ‘…our future is now confused; the future of our nation is dark. We cannot go out, we have restrictions, and we cannot work for the people. All this is terrible for those who need it most, especially women (street girls, abused women... more
Dear Sisters and Partners in Mission, We are sure that all of you followed the news of yesterday’s tragic explosion that happened in Lebanon. We encourage you to continue following the news. With the pain of the people, the Sisters and Partners in Mission in Lebanon / Syria province feel it is essential to offer support to the victims and the families affected by the explosion. Since yesterday, thousands of victims attempted to enter the hospitals but the hospitals were filled and still there is no room. The Sisters are finding resources to have a mobile dispensary available for these people... more
Good Shepherd Sisters and lay mission partners help victims of Taal Volcano eruption by distributing goods in evacuation centers in Batangas and Cavite. A group formed by Sisters and Mission Partners led the campaign to gather food, medicine, face mask, bottled water, toiletries, towels, beddings, slippers, underwear for the evacuees. These items were distributed to families in evacuation centers. They have distributed goods to evacuees in 20 areas in the province of Batangas. Bridgetines have been tapped to help in soliciting donations in kind or in cash to provide the needs of those... more
Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community of Sri Lanka, wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence. Multiple explosions have rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killing more than 200 people on Easter Day in the South Asian island nation. This number will most likely increase. More than 400 people have been injured in the worst attack since the end of civil war 10 years ago. At least 75 worshippers died in attacks on St Sebastian's Catholic Church in Katuwapitiya, north of the capital... more
Rome, 29 March 2019 FLASH NEWS!! Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, The effects of Cyclone Idai that tore through the port city of Beira, Mozambique caused complete devastation. Reports continue on the news of the ongoing effects on the people – including lack of basic necessities of clean water and food and housing. Cholera is now spreading rapidly in the area. Our Sisters are not in the area where the destruction took place but everyone in Mozambique has been urged to assist the victims in any way possible. We share with you the letter of Sr. Eva in Mozambique. On a congregational level, we... more
Relief and rescue operations continue in Indonesia after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Sulawesi Island killing at least 1,948 people, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management. More than 70,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the 7.5 magnitude quake that struck on September 28, launching waves as high as six meters that slammed into Sulawesi at 800 km/h. More than 2,500 people were injured and almost 75,000 displaced. All our sisters and their relatives in Indonesia are safe. Thanks be to God! This week, the Indonesia Province sent a Sister and tow... more
21st August 2018 Around 1 million people have been displaced and over 400 have died in the worst monsoon flooding in a century in south-western India, that hit the Kerala State. At the beginning of August heavy rains and flash flooding caused rivers to overflow and nearly three dozen dams to be breached, resulting in unprecedented devastation and extensive damage to crops and homes. Even though the waters are now receding, people are still in urgent need of assistance and thousands of families impacted by the disaster need to recover. Many lost everything and had their homes ruined or washed... more
June 7, 2018 Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, On the 3 rd June the Volcano de Fuego violently erupted in Guatemala, killing more than 70 people and displacing thousands from their homes. At least 192 people are still missing and over 1,7 million people were affected by the volcano eruption in three central areas. In Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla states, 30 km from the capital, many villages were destroyed, buried by lava, ashes and debris, and 3,000 were forced to evacuate, after losing all their properties. Our Sisters in Guatemala have been serving the most vulnerable for... more
EMERGENCY NEEDS TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKES IN Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Central America Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, We would like to share with you some brief information about the situation of our sisters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Central America - the areas that were affected by earthquakes and hurricanes which caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean. This phenomenon generated the destruction of electricity and telephone networks; floods destroyed hundreds of homes with total and partial landslides; and a large number of families were left... more