Province news tid bits

Children’s art brightens Ferguson Farmer’s Market

little girl squeezing glue onto artwork“Adults get so nervous when we pick up a paint brush or crayon. Actually, how often do we take the risk to do just that? But put a crayon or paintbrush into the hands of a young person and amazing things happen,” said Sister Glynis McManamon, Director of Good Shepherd Arts Center.

Sister Glynis celebrated the courageous example of the children of North County St. Louis when she exhibited their artwork on May 8 at the Ferguson Farmers Market.

The market was abuzz with people studying the children’s art while kids themselves were busy making Mother’s Day cards for the important women in their lives. Good Shepherd Arts Center  (GSAC) sponsored the art exhibit and will continue sponsoring artists every weekend at the Ferguson Farmers Market all summer long.

LCWR Region 10 webinar campaign continues

Join the next episode of “Exploring Intersections: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate” on June 9. Presenters will address the long-term consequences of a nation’s racist history. The panelists — Emily Lazor; Sister Patricia Rogers, OP; and Sister Mary Lou Specha, BVM — will share their diverse perspectives and personal experiences as they engage with host Charish Badzinski in lively and eye-opening conversation. Registration is free and open to the public. It airs live at 3 pm CST. Click here to read the panelists’ bios.

The Exploring Intersections campaign is an active response to the 2015-2022 Resolution of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Region 10 to heighten awareness for advocacy and action, create communion without controversy, and offer insight with intent to effect change. Each month, Exploring Intersections focuses on a social issue and explores how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in thought-provoking conversation.

Mark your calendar for the July 14 episode on Ending Human Trafficking. Presenters include Angela Aufdemberge, CEO of the Good Shepherd ministry Vista Maria, and Bailey, a survivor of human trafficking who graduated from the Vista Maria program designed for young women like her.

Episodes air live the second Wednesday of each month at 3 pm CST. Register here. You can watch recordings of the sessions on  and join the conversations on Facebook.

Sister Mary Carolyn McQuaid recognized for service

Sister Mary Carolyn McQuaid receives a bouquet of flowers from the Good Shepherd congregation in appreciation for her zeal to the mission.

The Congregation of Sisters of the Good Shepherd sent Sr. Mary Carolyn McQuaid a letter of appreciation last month in recognition of her service to the congregation.

Sister Madeleine Munday, Province Leader for Mid-North America said, “It is a joy to share this letter from Rome appreciating Mary Carolyn’s great spirit and service. A beautiful bouquet of flowers accompanied the letter, and a Papal Blessing will follow.”

The floral bouquet came with a card attached, which read, “In recognition and appreciation of your service to the congregation and great love for the mission.” The card was signed by the congregational leadership team, along with Maria Droste Foundation, Good Shepherd Mission Development Corporation, and Good Shepherd International Foundation.

Sister Marie Claudie Salama celebrates Golden Jubilee

In order to join Sr. Marie Claudie Salama in celebrating her 60th Jubilee on May 30, the Province Leadership Team sent her a bouquet of flowers, and other Sisters sent her cards and called her on the phone. The gestures touched her deeply, especially as COVID continues to keep Sisters from traveling to see one another.

Remembering Sisters

Sisters stand by luminaries as names of deceased are called
Sisters and other loved ones of those who passed from COVID at Mason Pointe stand by the luminaries as the chaplain calls out the names of the deceased.

Mason Pointe Care Center remembered the residents in their care who died from COVID in 2020 in a Celebration of Life ceremony on May 13, 2021. Sisters from the Province Center and St. Louis community attended the ceremony.

As Mason Pointe’s chaplain called the names of the deceased, loved ones stepped forward to place votive candles in white luminary bags with the person’s name on them. A reception and time for spoken remembrances preceded the reflective luminary ceremony. Sister Pauline Bilbrough was one of several people who addressed those who had gathered.

Mason Pointe lost 73 residents to the pandemic, including eight Good Shepherd Sisters: Marie Dolores Beck, Mary Josephine Fritz, Immaculata Lupin, Mary Michael Maguire, Mary Magdalena Oliva, Dorothy Renckens, Mary Joelle Weid, and Gertrude Sen.

In May, Pope Francis called for a worldwide marathon of the Rosary to end the pandemic. Each day during May at 11 am CST (6 pm at the Vatican), the Rosary was prayed from a different Marian shrine around the world. Pope Francis began the Rosary marathon at the Vatican on May 1 and concluded it there May 31. The theme for the worldwide event was “From the entire Church an unceasing prayer rises to God.”

Nearly 600,000 people in the United States have died from coronavirus as of May 17. Numbers are starting to decline.

Tracking down Good Shepherd news

In January I subscribed to a service called newspapers.com and since have been scouring newspapers online to find stories about Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

The story in the Reno Gazette-Journal above takes us back to November 1988, when Home of the Good Shepherd announced it would close its doors the following June. Sister Kathleen Moore had been the Administrator of the home for nearly five years when the newspaper reporter spoke with her about the closure.  The home had housed 3,000 girls since it opened in 1962. It was run by 10 Sisters and about 50 full-time and part-time lay staff.

“We put a lot of love into the program here,” Sr. Kathleen told the reporter.

Marie’s birthday wish

Marie Moore holds a framed portrait of her sister
Marie Moore

This story starts with a birthday wish.  Marie Moore’s birthday was looming, and what she wanted most for her birthday was a photograph of her sister. Marie lives in St. Louis.

Her biological sister Kathleen Moore, RGS, lives in Danville, Pennsylvania. Local Leader of the Danville community Mary Carol McClenon, RGS, caught wind of the wish and set out to make it happen.

She ushered Sr. Kathleen into a room and followed photographic instructions she had learned from PMNA Communications Coordinator Jeanette McDermott. She sent the picture that Sr. Kathleen liked best to Jeanette. Jeanette printed it on quality photographic paper and framed it. She took the birthday gift to Marie at Mason Pointe Care Center.

Marie cried happy tears, literally, and Jeanette took her picture with the framed photo to send to Sr. Kathleen. Birthday wishes do come true.   

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