Marymount Centre celebrates Foundress Day

Discovering personal connection

Program staff and participants of Ahuva Good Shepherd - Small Group Care at Marymount Centre, Singapore invited guests from Good Shepherd Student Care at Marymount Convent School to join them in celebrating the Feast of St Mary Euphrasia.  Nora Pang and Ng Hui Wen, Staff of Ahuva Good Shepherd - Small Group Care offer this warm description of the special activities held during the event, including some lovely photos.

 

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Reflection and activities for staff

  • Sharing about the work at Student Care and its many touching aspects in making connection with children and parents.  Reflection upon the values and mission focus of Marymount Centre highlighting the deeper reality of the work, as the Good Shepherd vision is lived out by touching lives, building hope. Reflection upon how these values enrich the lives of those who work in the field.

  • The life of St. Mary Euphrasia was presented through an interactive video, including how the Good Shepherd mission was perpetuated throughout the world.  This was followed by a quiz session using the technology Kahoot! – staff had to key in answers on handphones, with responses shown to all immediately!  

  • Then St Mary Euphrasia’s famous quotes and values were shared through PowerPoint slides. Each quote and value was linked with a short story showing how the works of St Mary Euphrasia reflected that quote and value, and included some personal reflections.  The powerful story of St Nicholas Abbey showed St Mary Euphrasia dealing with obstacles and challenges to provide accommodation for children who needed love and care.  It showed the determination, zeal, resilience and faith which enabled her to establish 110 Good Shepherd foundations in 6 continents across the world in her life time.

  • During Reflection Time question papers were circulated.  These were printed on pink, red and white papers to represent the colours of roses as St Mary Euphrasia’s birth name was Rose Virginie Pelletier. Staff were given time to reflect on the values and pen down their personal thoughts, followed by sharing their reflection. The sharing was meaningful and telling when many shared words of affirmation, a way of expressing their appreciation for their colleagues. Such acknowledgements were a welcome to hear from their colleagues as well. It was linked to St Mary Euphrasia’s and Marymount Centre’s value of respect and compassion for one another as colleagues.

  • The last segment was a hands-on session of creative flower arrangement. In honour of St Mary Euphrasia’s birth name, Rose Virginie Pelletier, a session was offered, demonstrating and teaching the staff how to use Pandan leaves collected from the garden to create beautiful roses. The end products were proudly presented as beautiful vases of roses and plants placed outside the chapel to commemorate Foundress Day.

  • Then, all shared a spread of French delicacy ordered from Delifrance for lunch. This was to honour the birth country of St Mary Euphrasia -- France. 

Introducing SME to young program participants

The young program participants were introduced to Saint Mary Euphrasia through a video and then participated in a quiz. With their child-like competitive spirit, all of them paid attention to the video and participated enthusiastically in the quiz, all wanting to be the winner of the quiz! The staff were pleasantly surprised that our young residents could remember the details about our Foundress through the video and answered the questions positively.

As part of our Trauma-Informed care, we conduct daily emotional regulation drills to help the program participants to be equipped with the skills to regulate their emotions. We incorporated one of the drills, “Inspiration”, as part of the Foundress Day activity. They were asked the aspects of Saint Mary Euphrasia’s life that stood out for them, and what inspired them. Though the video emphasised on the work of Saint Mary Euphrasia and little about her mother, what caught the program participants’ attention was how our Foundress coped with her mother’s death. Most of them mentioned that they felt sad that Saint Mary Euphrasia could not see her mother when she passed on. But I believed what caught their attention was the pain of missing a loved one, something that they resonated with deeply. We highlighted how Mother Foundress still found hope even though it was a time of grief and loss. She knew what it was like to be away from someone she loved, and she understood the deep pain of grief. But that did not stop her from looking out for others and finding the light that still flickered even in darkness.

We pray that this will be true for our young program participants and for all of us as we draw inspiration from our Foundress.

 

 “Keep alive within you and bring under wise control

that courage which makes you long to undertake great works,

which others might consider it folly to attempt”

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier