NGO Highlights - 1996-2006
A Good Shepherd NGO office retrospective -
This booklet contains a grateful glimpse back at the work of the NGO office since November 1996. It is not a complete compendium but rather an overview of activities, movement and initiatives of the NGO office.
This 10-year NGO office retrospective
is dedicated in memory of
Sr. Barbara Davis, RGS 1939- 2001.
Barbara gave the first impetus and applied significant work to the establishment of Good Shepherd as an NGO in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations. Her vision, leadership, and guiding spirit were the foundation stones of the Good Shepherd NGO office.
During the early months of our NGO development, prior or Barbara’s final illness, Barbara was a guiding force and enthusiastic supporter in the direction of the work. There is no doubt that Barbara continues to befriend the projects and spirit of the NGO office. May it ever be so!
in the present moment…
my present horizon of understanding
should always be provoked, challenged, transformed.”
I pray that Barbara’s spirit will always stimulate us to take risks, even at cost, and to push us to create new pathways. Until we join Barbara in the eternal communion of compassion, may we recall: “a bird that wings itself with resolute love can travel anywhere.”
Lygia came to visit NY in 2000 when a filmmaker was doing a project on Lygia’s grassroots work in
It was a blessing to the NGO office to have contact with Lygia’s joyous, generous, encouraging, and dedicated spirit.
The Word of God has power…
But the Bible can be used to blind people…
If the word of God is not used in a way that
illuminates the people,
it can cause greater alienation…”
I pray that Lygia will always be a reminder to the NGO office of the need for social analysis and careful thinking about systems and structures.
it was here that God was at ease.”
Barbara Davis, Gonzaga Fernando, Liliane Tauvette, Magdalena Franciscus, Delia Rodriguez, Ingrid Schimansky, Ana Maria Gomez
Magdalena Franciscus, Delia Rodriguez, Gabriela Botelho, Guadalupe Bautista, Liliane Tauvette, - Evelyn Fergus, Elaine Basinger (from May 2000), Barbara Davis (until 2000, not shown)
Special thanks to the
Gratitude is Memory of the Heart - Thank You!