The much awaited inauguration of the new Good Shepherd Museum in the Mother House took place on Monday 30th May. It is the culmination of almost 5years intensive work by the Heritage Committee.
More than 210 guests attended this event. Between 4pm and 5pm they had an opportunity to make a short tour of the Museum. This was followed by the official inauguration speeches in the Main Chapel.
Sr. Ellen Kelly, Congregational leader, Sr. Magdalena Franciscus, Provincial Superior of Europe BFMN, Marc Fardet, President of the Association of the Friends of the Museum and great-great-grand-nephew of Mary Euphrasia thanked all who had helped to make the Museum a reality.
They underlined the interactive nature of the Museum. Our desire is that it will convey our spirituality, our history and our present ministries and social commitments throughout the world. It will also challenge visitors about the needs around them to which they can respond.
Mrs. Fréderique Drouet d’Aubiguy, Departmental Secretary for Culture, Heritage and Archives and Mr. Christophe Béchu, Senator-Mayor of Angers expressed appreciation on behalf of the city and department for this new initiative.
The Mayor drew attention to the materials used in the building – the slate ( the strong enduring slate of Angers) and the tufa stone (a soft stone of the Angers region). He likened the work of the Congregation as that of weaving strength and tenderness where humanity was most vulnerable.
The presence of over 40 members of the Pelletier family added greatly to the sense of continuity with our roots.
The inauguration concluded with an enjoyable cocktail-aperitif in the Mother House dining room.
The guests expressed enthusiastic appreciation of the dynamic and sensitive scenography – developed by the Scenographer Sandra Troffigué and built by the firm Boscher from Nantes.
We look forward to welcoming the public for the first time on 6th July.