I was born to a Catholic family in Paletwa, Chin State. I am the youngest of six. My maternal grandfather was a Karen catechist who came to Tonzang, Chin State as a missionary with the MEPs before the outbreak of WWII. Since my parents were government servants, my family moved from one place to another. This was an opportunity for me to get access to education and develop inter-personal skills among various people with diverse cultures. From the time when I was 5 years old till I finished high school, my family lived in a place where there were no priests nor sisters. We could attend the Eucharistic celebration only once a year. From there I started to be aware of my thirst for the Eucharist.
With the Good Shepherd. Because of the scarcity of priests and religious, I developed the sense of respect, admiration and reverence for them. However, I had no interest in becoming one until I had the experience of being saved from drowning soon after graduation. The seed of God’s call was planted in me with the realization that I was given a second chance to live. I learnt about the Good Shepherd Sisters through my mother who spent her school years with them. After six years of formation, I pronounced my first profession in October 2006. I took my final vows on March 15, 2014.
Working in a ministry mainly serving women, I have come across varying degrees of challenges. Taking care of adolescent girls at the Residence Education Center, working with the single mothers who are marginalized and the Anti-Human Trafficking Program are the most challenging missions for me so far.
(In 2014, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar (CBCM), for the first time, set up an Anti Human Trafficking Team named ‘Myanmar Catholic Migration and Anti-Human Trafficking Network’ in order to respond to the pressing need to address this issue. Lucy was Project Coordinator for two years until 2016.)
It is only by following the example of our foundress, Mother Euphrasia who says, “Just love!” that keeps me going.
Sister Ellen Kelly receives a warm welcome from sisters and lay Mission Partners during her first visit to Thailand and Myanmar
In 1866 St Mary Euphrasia sent sisters to Myanmar to begin a Good Shepherd foundation. A year of preparation culminates in celebrations to mark this happy occasion
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region