21 September 2021 - International Day of Peace

Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World

This is the powerful theme of 2021 International Day of Peace.  It acknowledges that our world is full of conflict, strife, anger, hurt and pain. We know this in our own lives and communities to varying degrees. Communities in war-torn parts of the world are living with the threat of violence every day, never sure when they will be safe and able to regain some sense of normality. Added to this, we are living through a global pandemic that means we need extra energy to keep ourselves and our communities safe from illness.

The theme points towards a more hopeful future.

Let us remember the words of Pope Paul VI:  “If you want peace, work for justice.”

Please use the Prayer / Reflection in communities, with partners in mission and with those who wish to join us in praying for a sustainable and equitable world.

Click - Prayer/Reflection for 2021 International Day of Peace

Prepared by Sr Caroline Price, Province of Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand. 



Vatican Appointment - Sr Brigid Lawlor

Sr Brigid Lawlor

Brigid Lawlor has served the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in many leadership roles, including as Congregational Leader from 2003 - 2015.  She is a member of the Province of Mid-North America.

Pope Francis has appointed Sr Brigid to a role at the Vatican office for religious.  The appointment named her a Consultor for the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL).

As a Consultor to the Pope, Sr Brigid said she will provide advice to Pope Francis on the basis of need.  In light of her background, she anticipates being asked to advise him on Justice issues, particularly poverty, human trafficking, immigration, and possibly racism.  She believes he might also call on her to advise him in matters regarding women religious.

Acknowledgment of article in 'Items of Interest' May-June 2021, Newsletter of Province of Mid-North America.  Full article (link below) by Jeanette McDermott, PMNA Communications Coordinator.

Click here:  Pope Francis appoints Sister Brigid Lawlor to consulting role at the Vatican,



22 April - Earth Day: 'Restore Our Earth'

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.” -Thich nat Hanh

Good Shepherd communities, agencies and organizations join more than 1 billion people participating in activities around the world on 22 April to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation and the need for immediate action.  

Inspirational prayer-reflection prepared by the Province of Sri Lanka-Pakistan.

Click here - Prayer for Earth Day 2021

Create a sacred space where we feel the presence of the whole creation.


In solidarity with the people of Myanmar

Throughout the Congregation, and particularly in the Asia Pacific region, Good Shepherd Partners in Mission (sisters and lay) are united in prayer and solidarity with the people of Myanmar during this time of struggle.

You may wish to participate in this reality based Holy Week reflection, created by a Myanmar person who now lives in another country.  (Endorsed by the province leader of East Asia.)

Click here - A Way of the Cross in solidarity with the people of Myanmar.

Concluding Prayer:   Jesus, our Companion,

Thank you for being gentle, loving compassionate and self-giving.

You are so nonviolent that you inspire us and draw us to live in truth, love and forgiveness. May this journey of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Myanmar give us courage to choose your way of nonviolence and to create peace and justice on this Earth.

Make us your instrument of peace, that we might, even in a small way, turn war, oppression, violence into freedom, compassion and love. Bless our brothers and sisters in Myanmar with your love and care. Bless their passion, courage and great desire for freedom and peace. Touch hearts of the oppressors with your compassion that they too experience the power of the Eternal Love and Peace.

As we are called to follow you, Jesus, help us to be peacemakers, to live in your peace, love and compassion and to bring your Kin-dom on this Earth always forever and ever.


What is this thing that has happened to us?

“What is this thing that has happened to us? It’s a virus, yes. In and of itself it holds no moral brief. But it is definitely more than a virus. Some believe it’s God’s way of bringing us to our senses. Others that it’s a Chinese conspiracy to take over the world.

Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.

We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”                                                                                                                  

Arundhati Roy


Arundhati Roy is a highly regarded Indian author, and a political activist involved in human rights and environmental issues.


United Nations at 75

UN Logo Peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet

As the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary, it acknowledges: "the UN is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts."

Sister Winifred Doherty's Blog -

To mark the 75th anniversary, Chris Herlinger, Global Sisters Report international correspondent, asked members of sister congregations about the milestone anniversary, inviting them to reflect on the United Nation's accomplishments and failures and the difficulties and challenges it faces now and in the future.

Sr. Winifred Doherty's contribution is included in this article.

Click here -  United Nations at 75: Sisters and their reps discuss its feats, failures

Chris Herlinger - Global Sisters Report:  A Project of National Catholic Reporter

Sep 21, 2020



Good Shepherd Sister receives humanitarian award

Global Sisters Report, A Project of National Catholic Reporter, November 25 2019 

Sr. Catherine Mutindi, founder of Bon Pasteur in Congo, has received the 16th annual Opus Prize, which comes with $1 million for her humanitarian work.

St. Louis University and the Opus Prize Foundation bestowed the award on the Good Shepherd sister Nov. 21 at the Jesuit-run university's Center for Global Citizenship.

"Sister Catherine is working to address modern-day slavery, in children as young as 4 and 5, working in highly toxic cobalt mines, to earn enough to feed their families that day," said Don Neureuther, director of the Opus Prize Foundation.

"In a relatively short period, she has transformed the lives of 3,000 children and countless adults, and literally restored their humanity," he said in a statement. "She gives them hope."

Read more

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10 December 2018 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Launch of year long campaign International Day for Human Rights

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.  


  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.

  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.

  • Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.

  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.




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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

February 8 - Feast of St Josephine Bakhita

February 20 - World Day of Social Justice

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

March 22 - World Water Day

March (last Saturday) - Earth Hour

April 22 - Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)

June 5 - World Environment Day

June 12 - World Day Against Child Labour

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

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 6 - World Habitat Day

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 16 - World Food Day

October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 18 - World Day of the Poor

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