I am third in a family of five. My dad, Ee Peng Liang, was an accountant who converted from Buddhism to Catholicism. My father survived the Second World War and was one of the early partners of the Good Shepherd Sisters since 1947 until his death on 24 August 1994.
My siblings (Theresa, Lawrence, Agnes, Gerard) and I accompanied our parents on their monthly Sunday visit to the Good Shepherd sisters. Whilst the adults were in serious discussions, we romped the beautiful compound of the convent filled with local fruits and beautiful flowers. Unknown to me, the numerous visits to the Good Shepherd Convent prepared me to walk and work with the Good Shepherd Sisters. Of course, dad planned it well and sent Agnes and me to Marymount Convent School for our primary and secondary education. At school, we learned to be generous, compassionate and forgiving. The sisters did a good job in planting seeds of care and love for others. I remember vividly an incident, during a netball practice, when I crashed head-on into a class mate whose hair clip nicked my eyelid causing it to bleed profusely. Everyone on the field came running to calm my nerves and anxiety with tender loving care until the arrival of the teacher-in-charge.
After further studies in the U.K., I became involved in the Good Shepherd Mission as a volunteer at the Teenage Centre journeying with the teenagers who had to seek temporary shelter. This led to my involvement with Marymount Centre at the other ministries, Rose Villa, shelter for teenage pregnancy and Good Shepherd Centre, a shelter for women and children experiencing abuse. The programme participants, the dedicated and passionate staff at the various ministries, and the Good Shepherd sisters, over the years, have helped me grow spiritually and emotionally. Their love and support strengthen my belief that “One person is of more value than the whole world”. As a member of the Mission Link Committee which fosters Partnership for Mission, I feel that together with like-minded people, we actively participate and contribute to Good Shepherd Mission locally and beyond the Province.
Today, after more than 25 years of being partners with the Good Shepherd sisters, I feel privileged to continue my work with the Sisters as the Chairperson of Marymount Centre, and a committee member of Marymount Convent School. As President of the Alumnae, I am delighted for the opportunity to support my alma mater in raising money for the school development fund. To sustain and grow the school would supply us with more sheep to be shepherded and inculcated with the ethos of the Good Shepherd Sisters.
Some years ago the Good Shepherd Sisters had a thanksgiving celebration of Marymount where many volunteers, supporters, benefactors and past programme participants attended. Seeing how well the latter have turned out into young confident ladies, made me realize how many lives have been touched by the love of the Good Shepherd. I feel impelled by Saint Mary Euphrasia’s words to once again “rouse ourselves and go forward ! As we are all shepherds, no one small corner of the earth should hold us back.”
Participants in this programme, organised by Good Shepherd Convent Restful Waters, Singapore learn English through a broad spectrum of experiences and learnings
The Centre, named in memory of the late Sr Susan Chia, will provide literacy and skills training aimed at empowering local women with business start-up and employment opportunities.
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region
This Good Shepherd School in Singapore receives Awards for Environmental Education