Ms Melina Ong – Singapore/Malaysia, Sr Kevin Yin Yin – East Asia, Mrs Sashirekha Natarajan – Central East India/Nepal, Mr Jason Furtado – South West India, Sr Noelene White (Chairperson) – Australia-Aotearoa/New Zealand, Ms Maricel Sevilla – Philippines/Japan, Sr Lusiana Rahayu - Indonesia, Sr Stella Rhee – Northeast Asia, Ms Gendrie Klein-Breteler – Australia-Aotearoa/New Zealand.
“How happy are we, who are co-workers with the Good Shepherd
in his Mission of love and friendship for each person”
St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Ably guided and mentored by Noelene White, Chairperson and gently steered by Anne Dalton and Anya Borbon as co-facilitators the GSAPP team rekindled their passion for Shepherding the Good Shepherd Mission, sharing success stories, refreshing ideas, hopes and dreams.
While some Units reported immense growth of lay leadership and building new structures that support co-responsibility, some others shared the joy of lay people who identify as co-workers in mission - from ‘working for’ to ‘working with’ Good Shepherd Mission. The mutually trusting group explored ways to support each other in areas of language/cultural challenges and mind-sets. The need to archive the growth and development of GSAPP was expressed.
Sr. Noelene White led the GSAPP team through a spiritual experience, commemorating the Sacred Journey of Partnership/ Co-responsibility for Mission in Asia Pacific from 2008 – 2018. Our hearts sang the Ode to Gratitude - A Remembering Heart as we offered in thanksgiving, the audacious and prophetic leaders who had dared to walk in the shoes of Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. The presence of Sr. Joan Lopez and Theresa Symons whose role in this sacred journey has been very significant, was very meaningful. Expressions of appreciation and gratitude were expressed to Sr. Noelene White for her dynamic leadership as Chairperson and Sr. Anne Dalton, for being a congenial facilitator, through the journey of ten years. Srs. Stella and Rasangi who are finishing their time on the GSAPP team were acknowledged and thanked for their fellowship in the team.
“A century from now, what shall be said of the Good Shepherd journey in these times? And who will the shapers have been?”
The concluding ritual, dedicated to the vibrant future of Good Shepherd Mission, under the fold of visionary leaders, took place with the group chanting a Blessing:
May the gift of leadership awaken in us a vocation---
May leadership be for us a true adventure of growth.
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