On April 24, feast of St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Good Shepherd Congregation, the Province of Philippines-Japan was established. This is the culmination of some years of discernment, reflection and discussion between the two countries.
A Mass at 10am in the Philippines and Mass at 11am in Japan was held to give thanks to God for this unification. The Good Shepherd Sisters continue St. Mary Euphrasia's legacy of caring for the marginalized especially women and children through the ministry of the apostolic sisters, while the contemplatives pray for the Church and the particular intentions of the congregation-- for fullness of life for all especially women and children.
Prayers and congratulations are with our sisters and mission partners in Philippines and Japan.