Who founded the Sisters of the Good Shepherd?

Mary Euphrasia founded Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (more commonly known as Sisters of the Good Shepherd) in Angers, France, in the year 1835. The Congregation rapidly spread in France and throughout the world. At the time of her death on April 24, 1868 there were 110 Good Shepherd houses worldwide. Mary Euphrasia was canonized a saint on May 2, 1940. Learn more about the early history of Sisters of the Good Shepherd on our Congregational website.

When Did Sisters of the Good Shepherd come to the United States?

The U.S. foundation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (founded under the name Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd) began in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 1, 1842. Our Foundress Saint Mary Euphrasia chose five Sisters to form houses in the New World. The Sisters came to Louisville from the General Motherhouse at Angers, France. They ranged in age from 24 to 29 and spoke three languages among them. The Sisters came by sea on the immigration ship Utica. After 30 days of miserable traveling conditions, they eventually arrived in the southern tip of Manhattan, New York, and were processed through Castle Garden. Ellis Island became operational in 1892. From Castle Garden, the Sisters migrated to Louisville. These brave and adventurous Sisters laid the foundation for the growth of the Good Shepherd Order in the United States of America. You can read more about our history in the U.S. and origins in France on our website.

Where are Sisters of the Good Shepherd missioned?

Good Shepherd Sisters are missioned in 73 countries across the globe. For close to 400 years the members of the congregation and its partners, inspired by St John Eudes and St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, have expressed our spiritual commitment through contemplative prayer and active ministries in a mission that seeks to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable.  Responding to social conditions that cry out for mercy and reconciliation, we express special concern for the needs of women and girls who remain among the most exposed to personal and social risks. We believe in a creative Spirit that is constantly renewing the universe, strengthening hope in the face of all that is destructive. The Mission Development Office (MDO) was created by the Congregational Leadership Team in January 2007 to support the Sisters’ programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America through fundraising, capacity building and organizational development. The Good Shepherd International Foundation is the fundraising arm of Good Shepherd programs in the developing world. You can learn more about our mission, ministries and spirituality on our Congregational website.

What are the core values of Sisters of the Good Shepherd?

Sisters of the Good Shepherd have four core values that govern our lives and ministries: Individual Worth, Mercy, Reconciliation, and Zeal for the salvation of souls. You can learn more about us and our core values on our About Us page or on our Core Values page.

Who can I contact to donate money to Sisters of the Good Shepherd?

The sponsored and affiliated ministries of Sisters of the Good Shepherd in the United States are organized as independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Each nonprofit has its own Employer Identification Number and governing Board of Directors. For this reason, we are not able to offer through this website a one-stop Pay Pal or credit card payment option for your donation. Our structure requires that all donations be directed to the individual nonprofit ministries. Read about our ministries in the U.S. and find out more how you can donate. A form on that page allows you to submit inquiries for donating to both domestic and international Good Shepherd ministries.

Who can I contact for general information about the Province of Mid-North America?

You can reach Toni Ponder, the Province of Mid-North America Director of Province Administration/General Counsel, at 314-381-3400. She is our first line of approach for inquiries of a general nature. Her email address is [email protected]

How do I request information from your archives?

All inquiries for archival materials begin with a visit to our archives page. Please follow instructions from there.

How do I contact someone in the New York/Toronto Province?

Please see contact information in the footer for both the Province of New York-Toronto and Central South Province.