F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here are answers to some of the questions we most frequently receive about becoming a Good Shepherd Sister. If you would like additional information contact a Good Shepherd Vocation Director near you .

Q. "Who is the founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters?"

A. Rose Virginie Pelletier, a girl from the island of Noirmoutier off the coast of France, became St. Mary Euphrasia. She started the Good Shepherd Sisters in 1835.

Q. "How many countries do the Good Shepherd Sisters serve?"

A. We are in 68 countries around the world.

Q. "Whom do the Good Shepherd Sisters serve?"
A. Good Shepherd Sisters reach out in prayer and service to those who are often forgotten by society. We have a special interest in girls, women, and families who are in trouble.
Q. "How do you serve them?"

A. We serve people through programs that Good Shepherd SIsters own and operate throughout Canada and the United States, as well as throughout the world. Some sisters serve in parishes or in programs run by other organizations. We also have a sister representing us as a Non-Governmental Organization at the UN, promoting justice issues for women and children. For more details visit www.goodshepherdsistersna.com.

Q. "What makes the Good Shepherd Sisters congregation unique?"
A. One thing that's unique about our congregation is the fact that we have Active Sisters and Contemplative Sisters. Active Sisters serve people by working with them, while Contemplative Sisters pray for the women, children, and families whom the Active Sisters serve.
Q. "What size are your communities?"
A. We live together in communities that range in size from 2-3 sisters to 20 sisters.
Q. "What do Good Shepherd Sisters usually wear?"
A. Most Active Sisters wear street clothes, some wear white habits and black veils. Most Contemplative Sisters wear white habits with black veils, and some wear simple skirts and blouses without veils.

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