Orientation completed for Good Shepherd Volunteers

Orientation for the 2020 Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSV) took place in August. This year’s volunteers attended orientation from August 19-24 at Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, New Jersey. Sister Barbara Beasley welcomed the GSVs and spent the first day of orientation with them. She shared the founding story of Good Shepherd and spoke about the congregation’s core values. She also discussed what it means to respond to the call to ministry.

New GSVs join the Good Shepherd family each year and attend a 5-day orientation in August. They commit to serving for a year in a sponsored ministry in the United States or Southeast Asia.

“The volunteers were enthusiastic. I believe they enjoyed hearing the Good Shepherd stories. They connected how some of the historical events of Good Shepherd relate to  events from their own stories,” Sr. Barbara said. 

Orientation sets volunteers on path to Good Shepherd ministries

Good Shepherd Volunteers agree to live in community with other GSVs in the areas where they are assigned. For some, this presents a situation they may have never have encountered before. 

These women give a year of their lives and seem to do it with a lightness of spirit and sense that this is simply the norm and nothing out of the ordinary for them. They are witnesses to generosity and commitment,” said Sr. Barbara. 

Sisters from Mid-North America and the New York/Toronto Province assisted in orientation. Sister Barbara, who lives in community in Los Angeles, said, “It will be such a treat to get to know the volunteers who will come to the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles, and to share who we are as well. The Sisters always make sure to invite the GSVs to dinner regularly and send them home with lots of good food.”

Following orientation in August, the GSVs went to their assignments in Los Angeles, New York City, and New Jersey.

GSV is a joint ministry of the provinces of Mid-North America and New York/Toronto. Sisters of the Good Shepherd established the program in 1992 as a way to invite lay volunteers to share in their charism. Good Shepherd Volunteers maintain a blogsite at http://justlovegsv.blogspot.com and have a website at https://www.gsvolunteers.org.

You can read more stories about Good Shepherd Volunteers in our monthly newsletter Items of Interest.

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 veganstoryteller.com