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 five regions, to enable broader consultation and sharing, and to facilitate communication between provinces:
CPNA (North America & Canada).
REAL (Central & South America).
RIMOA (Middle East, Africa, the Isles).
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