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Florentine Raharinirina Unit Leader of The Islands Réunion / Maurice / Madagascar Sister Florentine Raharinirina was appointed Unit Leader of the Islands. Her mandate will begin on 25 March 2020. The District Assembly was held in Madagascar from 9 to 16 November 2019. Sr. Florentine was born in Madagascar on October 30, 1968. She made her first profession in 1993 and her perpetual profession in 2005, in Madagascar. Sr. Florentine holds a diploma in Formation in Pastoral and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of Lyon (France). She took other trainings, including: spiritual... more
Marlene Beatriz Acosta Tixi Province Leader Peru On October 30, during the XI Provincial Chapter of Peru at the Retreat House of the Good Shepherd in Lima, Peru, the sisters of the Province elected Sister Marlene Beatriz Acosta Tixi as Provincial Leader. Sister Marlene was born in Tarma on November 28, 1968. She made her first profession in the Congregation on April 24, 1992. She has a Degree in Psychology. She carried out many responsibilities in the Congregation: She worked in the insertion community of “Pino y Barrios Altos” in Lima; she accompanied Pre-Novices in Lima; she worked with... more
The new Bon Pasteur Center inaugurated in Kolwezi, DR Congo. A safe and supportive space where children can learn, grow and thrive. In a joyful and emotional ceremony, the new Bon Pasteur Centre was officially inaugurated on September 20th in the presence of representatives of the entire community, local authorities, CSOs, business community and funding partners. The center comprises 14 newly equipped classrooms to instruct roughly 1,000 children hailing from the artisanal cobalt mining community of Kanina – Domain Marial, Kolwezi, DR Congo. The Centre will host the activities of the Child... more
It is my privilege to share with you some reflections relative to what is meant by "commissioning" and why it is so appropriate a term to use for this event. Today, our volunteers officially join us in a formal relationship to walk with us in mission to all served in Good Shepherd. They share not only in what we do, but who we are. Their words and the reception of their GSV symbols now give them the authority, you might say, to officially represent us as co-missioners, to act and speak in our name, and most especially to witness to our core values, those values now passed on to them by our... more
Moliehi Juliet Khasoane Unit Leader Community of South Africa The Sector Assembly of South Africa was held from the 10-14 October 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. Sr. Moliehi Juliet Khasoane was appointed as the New Unit leader (Local Leader) of the Community of South Africa. She began her mandate on the 14 October 2019 for three years. Juliet was born on the 14 th April 1967 in Lesotho. She made her Perpetual Profession in April 2012 with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in South Africa. On 22 July 2014 she began her 3-year probation period to transfer to our Congregation and on the... more
Marie Stella Heeyun Rhee Province Leader Province of Northeast Asia Sister Marie Stella Rhee was elected the Province Leader of Northeast Asia. Her mandate will begin on 21 st January 2020. The Province Chapter was held in Chuncheon, Korea, from 10 th to 18 th October 2019. Stella was born in Seoul, Korea, and entered the Good Shepherd in Seoul. She made her perpetual profession on 27 th February 1997 in Seoul, Korea. Stella obtained a master degree in theology and she is a social worker. Her apostolic experiences include: service for teenagers, shelter for women coming away from domestic... more
The Province held its Chapter in Germany from 29 September to 6 October. The new Leadership Team 2020-2023: Left to right: Sisters.Hedwig Ortkemper, Daniela Kubiak, M.Cordis Ganslmeier, Province Leader (second term), M.Brigitte Bindl, and Adelgund Philipp. Their mandate begins February 8th 2020. Congratulations and blessings to all!more
Sandra Suárez Cordero Province LEADER Bolivia/Chile Sister Sandra Suárez Cordero was elected by the Chapter on the 20 th October, on the Congregational feast of the Divine Heart of Jesus, during the third Province Chapter of Bolivia/Chile, in the house of “Retiro San José” in Malloco. Sister Sandra was born in Beni-Bolivia, on July 10, 1968. She made her first profession in the Congregation on September 9, 1989. She is a Professor by training and also has a Degree in Religious Sciences. She carried out many responsibilities in the Congregation: promoter of youth ministry, Promoter of youth,... more
The Good Shepherd Congregation has a twofold reason to celebrate. This year is the 165 th anniversary of St. Mary Euphrasia’s purchase of St. Nicholas Abbey. We are also in the midst of preparing for the millennium celebration of the Abbey. The remembrance of these two historic events invites us to revisit the beautiful pages of the congregation’s history and to have a foretaste of the coming celebration in August 2020. St. Nicholas Abbey, founded in 1020 by Foulques III or Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou, housed a monastery of Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. The monks were... more
Transformative Communities Series: Contemplative Presence in an Era of Complexity When one reflects on contemplative presence, there is a tendency to focus from the lens of the interpersonal rather than communal. This article explores the power of the Transformative Community to be instruments of peace and reconciliation when it embodies contemplative presence from a collective perspective. The Transformative community’s essence to the world originates with the acronym, “HOLD” hospitality, oneness, love, and diversity. These four virtues, when connected, establish a safe container for public... more