About Good Shepherd

The Mission of Sisters of the Good Shepherd is to respond to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised women and girls

Saint Mary Euphrasia Saint Mary Euphrasia with the Good Shepherd

Founded in 1835 in Angers, France by Saint Mary Euphrasia as an international religious order, the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is present today in 72 countries throughout the world. There are approximately 3,400 Sisters.

The Congregation is divided into three regions:

  • Europe/Middle East/Africa

  • Americas

  • Asia Pacific

In nineteen countries in the Asia Pacific region, Good Shepherd is developing innovative programmes and projects, responsive to local needs. Priority issues addressed include poverty, exploitative employment conditions, trafficking of persons, forced migration and environmental degradation.

Good Shepherd provinces work together to reduce disadvantage. We have common programmes to address lack of opportunity. We are energised by our spiritual tradition. We work within the reality that more need exists than resources to meet that need.

Therefore, we are forging closer and stronger links of collaboration across borders. We share information, resources and new ideas so as to increase access to skills, evidence and effective programmes. We work in partnership with other organizations which also promote full inclusion and dignity for women and girls.

The Asia Pacific region is home to the rich faith traditions of the world.  Good Shepherd has strong and respectful links with peoples of other faiths and, where possible, works with them towards common goals.

In Asia Pacific there are approximately 1,100 Sisters and thousands of lay women and men: Good Shepherd Mission Partners, sisters and lay, working together to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of Good Shepherd mission into the future. In 2014, all who work within Good Shepherd are the heirs of the story and the heritage, continuing the spirit and vision of St Mary Euphrasia.

Sisters of the Good Shepherd

An international Congregation within the Catholic Church

An NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council

 

The Good Shepherd

The Shepherd confronting the wolf The Shepherd confronting the wolf

Jesus told them this parable.  What man among you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it.  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbours, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.    Luke 15:3-7

 

I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees;  and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd.    John 10:11-14

 

The image of the Shepherd as the one who fights off the ravaging attack of the wolf represents one of the necessary tasks of anyone who calls herself Good Shepherd.  Participation in the struggle for justice flows from the very heart of our Good Shepherd mission.  It is precisely the weakest sheep, the ones on the fringe of the flock, the ones who stray, who are the most vulnerable to the attacks of outside forces.   We are Caught into this Mystery.  Sister Barbara Davis RGS (page 44, Adapted)