Keeping archival records across provinces

By Monte Abbott

About twenty years ago, each of the three North American provinces independently created a central archive to hold and preserve important records that tell the story of Good Shepherd’s work in North America. Each province invested significant time and resources gathering founding documents, photos, board minutes, and many other types of records. This work was…

Magdalen scrapbook gives insight into prayer life

By Monte Abbott

In the Mid-North America archives is a scrapbook the Magdalens kept many years ago. It contains letters, pictures, and descriptions of what was happening on the convent grounds in Louisville and regionally. There is also a surprising amount of content that concerns national and international events. The Magdalens did not have television or radio, but…

LA shelter

LA Shelter sold to Catholic Charities

By Jeanette McDermott

Sisters of the Good Shepherd completed the sale and transfer of its LA Shelter to Catholic Charities of Los Angeles in October 2019. Msgr. Cox, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, oversaw the sale. He has assured us of his “desire that Catholic Charities does justice to the Sisters’ love and dedication for…

175 years

175 years in North America

By Jeanette McDermott

175 years ago five Good Sisters landed on the shores of New York. The Sisters had sailed from France to found Good Shepherd in Louisville, at the bequest of Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget. The five Sisters ranged in ages from 23-27 and spoke five languages among them. They landed at the southern tip of Manhattan in…

storage system

Storage system preserves historic province fabrics

By Jeanette McDermott

A new storage system will preserve the many one-of-a-kind textiles that the Province of Mid-North America keeps in its archival vault in St. Louis. Monte Abbott, Province Operations Director and archivist, has begun creating a storage system for embroidered banners, needlework and other textiles that are part of the Province’s history. “We have several banners that are 3-feet, 4-feet and even…

Good Shepherd Heritage Museum

Good Shepherd Heritage Museum inaugurated

By Sarah Elbisser

Good Shepherd Heritage Museum is now open to the public. We held inauguration for the much awaited Good Shepherd Heritage Museum in the Mother House on May 30, 2016. It was the culmination of almost five years intensive work by the Heritage Committee. More than 210 guests took a tour of the Museum before inauguration speeches…