News & Stories

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…

Sister Elise Kramer, vocation story

By Jeanette McDermott

Elise Ann Kramer found a pamphlet about contemplative nuns in a drawer in her home while growing up. That pamphlet would plant a seed in the young girl’s mind and eventually spur her to inquire about religious life. As an adolescent, Elise made a few initial inquiries with different religious communities. She even visited some…

Commemorating the day of Aguchita’s martyrdom

By Jeanette McDermott

The Good Shepherd Spirituality Center in Angers, France, is producing a video about Sister Antonia Luzmila Rivas Lopez (Aguchita) in English, Spanish, and French. Sister Virginia Gordon, RGS, is the voice of Aguchita in the English version of the video, and Jeanette McDermott, Communications Coordinator for the Province of Mid-North America, serves as narrator. Nancy Pereyra,…

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…

Kolwezi program draws attention at Vatican conference

By Jeanette McDermott

The Kolwezi program that Good Shepherd Sisters run in the Democratic Republic of Congo drew the attention last month of Pope Francis and the Vatican. Catherine Mutindi, RGS, is one of three founders of the Good Shepherd program in Kolwezi. The program is unique for being the only child labor intervention in a mining compound….

DeNeuville Learning Center for Women rebranded

By Jeanette McDermott

The DeNeuville Learning Center for Women, formerly DeNeuville Learning Center, has had a branding makeover. The center has a new modified name, new logo, new signage, new floor, and a new website. The bulk of the rebranding was accomplished through in-kind donations valued at $100,000. The new website has interactive digital tools to handle events…

Congregational Chapter held in two parts

By Encarna Tumanguil

The Congregational Chapter is a collegial assembly and the highest authority within the congregation. Representative of the congregation, it is a sign of the unity and an expression of the participation and interest of all the members in the progress of our mission. It is a spiritual event, a time of corporate reflection and conversion….

Portrait of Sister Joan Lopez

Sister Joan Lopez: Message to the Congregation

By Joan Lopez

The 31st Congregational Chapter of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd has elected Sister Joan Lopez to lead the congregation for the next six years. This is her message to the congregation:  Dear Sisters and Partners-in-Mission, It is with great humility and deep joy that I am in your midst virtually. The delegates of…

Groundbreaking ceremony at Gracenter

By Marguerite Bartling

A groundbreaking ceremony at Gracenter marked another milestone in the ministry’s 60th anniversary year of its construction. The undertaking 60 years ago was accomplished totally through the generosity of volunteers from 11 labor unions who donated their time and talent and 52 companies who donated the materials. Because of this incredible Good Shepherd story, we chose…