Good Shepherd Mission by Sr. Debbie Drago
an international congregation with locations on five continents and
in 68 countries. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd were founded in
1835 in Angers, France by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. Mary Euphrasia
believed that God was like a compassionate Shepherd, whose love for
us was boundless. She took as her model, Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
reaching out to others to awaken in them a sense of their own unique
worth and inestimable value. She desired that "No one should be lost
in the chaos of the times." Sharing the conviction of our foundress
we, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, believe that the heart of Good
Shepherd is relationship, expressed through our ministry, community
life and prayer. Our mission is based on a tradition and philosophy
of a deep and profound respect for the inherent worth of each individual,
a regard for the environment and belief in the capacity for personal
healing, growth and change. We have a special mission to reach out
to those who have in some way been marginalized or left behind in
our world. Through our relationships we seek to foster in each person
a sense of belonging, dignity and hope.
SISTERS' DESCRIBE THEIR MISSION
Maureen talking with students at a Vocation Day at a High School
in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese.
Sr. Mary Gertrude Sen
In my ministry I have met many people who had all kinds of problems.
Some of those problems I was able to offer some concrete help, but
others were beyond my ability to do anything concrete. In those situations,
all I could do was try to have a "welcoming heart" to listen
to their difficulties. I found that somehow that positive attitude
did transmit some feelings of peacefulness into those troubled hearts
and then things gradually worked out better for them.
As a Good Shepherd Sister, I feel that a Shepherd's heart is a heart,
which tries to imitate the sentiments of the Divine Shepherd who is
always empathic and caring.
Sr. Joan Tubbs
A Shepherd continually cares for his flock as a provider, one who
gives security and loses some of the sheep entrusted to his service.
His life is spent for the good of the flock. He also protects them
from the danger of wild animals and unsafe places, rescuing any who
may have wondered away, living on the fringes. His heart is in his
life spent for the well-being and careful tending of the flock, even
to the point of facing danger and death.
Jesus is the love of God, lived on earth as the Good Shepherd, a title
He chose for Himself. Love dwells in the heart and heart equals life.
Jesus truly had the Heart of a Shepherd when He gave his life for
all persons and died on the cross. St. Mary Euphrasia chose this model
to spend one's life like Jesus the Good Shepherd, to care for especially
women who have been wounded and rejected by the world in which they
Sr. Marian Attig
Lk l5: 4-7 - "Who among you ...I have found my sheep that was
Here speaks the heart of Shepherd intent to: -Strengthen what is weak
bind up what is broken - bring back what was driven away - preserve
what is well and strong. The Shepherd's heart burns with zeal to reconcile
souls to God and his joy is to seek them out and reunite them with
God. St. John Eudes may have said it best about a sister: "Her
light must be bright and brillant and it must come for a torch so
flaming and piercing that it cannot be extinguished."