24 April 2017 - Province of Philippines/Japan established

Province of Philippines-Japan Logo Logo for Province of Philippines-Japan

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.





27 April 2017 Province of Indonesia celebrates 90 years

Sisters meet to plan restructure of ministries Gathering of Indonesian sisters in 2016

In 1926 the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in the Netherlands received an invitation from Monsignor Van Velsen in Batavia (Jakarta) to open houses in Indonesia.  After gaining the necessary authorisations from the Congregation and the Vatican, in 1927 six sisters left Leiderdorp, Netherlands for Jakarta.  The Ursuline Sisters met them after the long sea voyage, and they lived with these sisters for about two months.  Then they moved into rented accommodation and began their work with women and girls.  In the following year, 1928, three more sisters arrived in Indonesia from Netherlands.

Today the ministries of the sisters in Indonesia include Good Shepherd Services for Women and Children, Anti-trafficking and empowerment programmes, and support services for women in rural areas.

Congratulations to sisters and lay Mission Partners in Indonesia as they celebrate this important milestone.




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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

April 22 - International Mother Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

June 18 - Ramadam begins

July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes

September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 21 - International Day of Peace

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 - 18 - Anti Poverty Week

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 5 - International Volunteer Day

December 10 - Human Rights Day