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The lamp in the Oratory of St. Mary Euphrasia – Calendar

By Jeanette McDermott

All year long, the lamp in the Oratory of St. Mary Euphrasia at the Motherhouse in Angers, France, burns round-the-clock for the intentions of the Congregation. During the month of July, the Oratory burns for the Province of Mid-North America. View the 2023 St. Mary Euphrasia Oratory calendar here

Sisters sell 10-acre Normandy property

By Jeanette McDermott

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America have closed on the sale of their 10.4-acre property in Normandy, Missouri, a suburb in northwest St. Louis county. The property has been purchased by U.S. Federal Properties (USFP), a real estate firm that develops, finances, owns and manages federal government leased properties. USFP will…

Beatification ceremony for Aguchita

By Jeanette McDermott

The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd celebrates the beatification of Sr. Agustina (“Aguchita”) Rivas (1920-1990) on Saturday, May 7. In the Catholic Church, beatification is the final step before a person is declared a saint. The Livestream Ceremonies of the Beatification will be on Saturday May 7th at 10 a.m. Peru…

Mary Carolyn McQuaid, RGS, passes into the arms of our Shepherd God

By Jeanette McDermott

Sr. Mary Carolyn (Suzanne Marie) McQuaid, RGS January 4, 1946 – March 27, 2022                                                       Sister Mary Carolyn McQuaid has been received into the loving arms of our Shepherd…

Jeanette McDermott photographs Mother Earth for Laudato Si (Praise You!)

By Glynis McManamon

Jeanette McDermott captures the beauty of this world through her camera lens, even as much of it is vanishing. Her love for “Mother Earth” is evident in her pictures. Jeanette is currently serving as the Communications Coordinator for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and represents Sisters of the Good Shepherd on the InterCommunity Ecological…

Echo sessions in February

By Jeanette McDermott

On February 5, 2022, the North America provinces will hold the first of two Echo sessions of the Congregational Chapter. The session will focus on the 31st Congregational Chapter’s call to Radical Transformation and the Congregational Assembly of Contemplative Sisters (CACS). Times for the sessions are Pacific 8:00–10:30 am Central 10:00 am–12:30 pm Eastern 11:00 am–1:30 pm…

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…

Lunch and Learn series features life and mission of Saint Mary Euphrasia

By Lizzie Cody

Saint Mary Euphrasia said, “One inspires children of noble lineage to become virtuous by speaking to them about the virtues of their ancestors: one tells them of their adventures, their exploits, their good characteristics and so lead them to become brave and generous as they were.” In this same spirit, the Office of Mission Effectiveness…

Chance encounter at Good Shepherd Services Atlanta leads to reunion of mother and son torn apart by war

By Jeanette McDermott

During the final days of the Vietnam War 47 years ago, a young nun in the Vietnam Mekong Delta helped a toddler escape to safety as the city of Saigon began to collapse. Jason was a mixed-race baby born to a Vietnamese-French mother. As communist North Vietnamese forces advanced through South Vietnam, the people grew…