Our Legacy Continues: The Mission Goes Forward
Article by Sr. Gilda Fernando
Province of New York/Toronto
We are living in one of the most challenging times in our history! Toronto, once a province in Canada, has become a sector of the New York Province, which is now called the New York/Toronto Province. Most of our sisters are elderly. After a long period of reflection with sisters and mission partners, we decided to create a pathway to the future and use our resources in a way that will carry on our legacy. We were blessed to have resources that we didn’t need, so we sold our unused properties. We always believed that our resources are for the mission, and we searched for a way that they could be used to continue the Holy Work of the Congregation.
Inspired by St. Mary Euphrasia’s history of sending sisters to far-off places to extend the mission, we decided to partner with the Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF). Each year our sisters and mission partners were delighted to learn about the many ways we have been able to positively impact the lives of an ever-increasing number of people in countries who are less fortunate. Last year, our financial support enabled more than 15,000 individuals in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East to find new hope and healing by sharing our resources with them. We were also able to bring emergency assistance to the most vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic in 12 countries.
As we model the vision of St. Mary Euphrasia, we are grateful for the generosity of the Province and the wisdom of our Administrative Team. They had the vision to use the proceedings of the sale of our properties to continue the global mission of the Good Shepherd, thus keeping a lasting legacy.
It is not easy to send money outside the country as donations or grants. We are very thankful for the advice of the legal experts who helped us. GSIF has now developed structures and accountability processes and gained legal and fiscal expertise to ensure the necessary level of accountability and transparency and provide this kind of service and direction to any country. We are happy that we are continuing to carry out the Holy Work of the Congregation.
The Economic Justice Project:
Dalit and tribal women in the Province of Central East India/Nepal receive food grains, sanitary packs, and awareness sessions on COVID-19 prevention measures thanks to the emergency assistance initiative supported by the New York/Toronto Province.
The “Empowerment of Migrants in Vulnerable Situations in Chile and Bolivia” Project:
More than 1,500 people were informed about the risks of unsafe migration and the prevention of trafficking in persons thanks to an awareness campaign by Good Shepherd local partners. This project is supported by the New York/Toronto Province.