Blessing and gift

Ten years ago the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd created the Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF). What began as a modest one-person office has grown into a high performing nonprofit that impacts the lives of more than 200,000 women and children across Africa, Asia. Latin America, Europe and North America.

The Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 7, 2019, with an awards program that recognized “Outstanding Mission Partners” in a number of categories. Treasurer of the Province of Mid-North America, Sister Mary Carolyn McQuaid, received the Foundation’s award in the category of Mission Partner Good Shepherd Sister. She received the award for her commitment to helping the Foundation achieve its mission through her passion, talent and generosity.

Sr. Mary Carolyn said, “I am honored and grateful to have received this award. Being a part of GSIF since the Congregation hired Cristina Duranti and opened an office has been a blessing and a gift for me. I have experienced the fruit of the vision of St. Mary Euphrasia – the blessing of the generalate, of an international Congregation. As a Mission Partner with the Good Shepherd International Foundation office, I have been privileged to work on behalf of the Good Shepherd mission in about 20 countries. I have experienced that the gift we have received, we give as a gift. May God continue to urge us to share what we have been given.”

The awards ceremony took place in Rome. Congregation Leader Sister Ellen Kelly and President of GSIF Sister Elaine Basinger, welcomed guests and awardees. The evening unfolded with conference talks, a video screening showcasing the works of GSIF, the awards ceremony, a culturally diverse musical program and dinner.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website