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.





5 May 2017 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference calls for end to Trafficking

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Australia’s national policy should be directed to destroying human trafficking by 2030, Bishop Terry Brady told a parliamentary inquiry on 5 May 2017.

Bishop Brady was giving evidence on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement in Sydney at their hearing on human trafficking. Bishop Brady is Chair of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life.

‘Australians have a moral imperative to eradicate the injustice of human trafficking and modern slavery,’ Bishop Brady said. ‘If we know that the human dignity of people is being harmed in this way, we should do what we can to free them from that ill-treatment.

‘As an example to others and to spur reform in Australia, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney announced in March that it would slavery-proof its supply chains.

‘This announcement is significant as the Catholic Church is one of the largest purchasing groups in Australia after government.’


Click here for complete statement - Australian Catholic Bishops call for end of Human Trafficking




20 June - World Refugee Day

UN World Refugee Day 20 June ...........Families walking to safety...........

In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its #WithRefugees petition on June 20th to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, scheduled for the 19th September. The petition asks governments to:

  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education.

  • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.

  • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.

"Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement."

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon





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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