We welcomed our mission partners who were the main resource persons for the morning. Sr. Patricia Perez shared on the lay mission partners of St. Mary Euphrasia without whom we will not be here today. They included Count de Neuville, Madame d'Andigne, a professor, the daughter of the postman, the butcher and many others who felt one with her in the mission. She traced the beginnings of our discussions on lay partnership starting with the 2002 Provincial Chapter Assembly and the processes taken...Read more
Cagayan de Oro Community marked the Silver Jubilee of Foundation on February 4 highlighting the dignity and worth of persons served. The ministry to girls and women in this port city was started by Sr. Henedina Mananzan and Sr. Christina Sevilla who were then members of the Sapad Community in Lanao del Norte. The Sisters responding the the invitation of Archbishop Patrick Cronin, then archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. During the Jubilee celebration on February 4, Sr. Henedina, who two years ago was...Read more
The Ministry Team spearheaded the quick response to facilitate the healing, recovery and rehabilitation of survivors of typhoon Yolanda that struck the Visayas November 8. In coordination with local government, church/groups and congregations in the area, the quick response team offered relief operation, stress debriefing, crisis or trauma counselling. Sr. M. Añanita Borbon, Sr. M. Ailyn Binco, Sr. M. Emma Marzan and Sr. Ma. Alicia Andres joined the relief operations to Samar of the...Read more
(The following is an account of Sr. Carmelita Arenas RGS and Sr. Basilides "Daisy" Superable, about the Bohol trip that they took recently to respond to the needs of the people affected by the earthquake on October 15.) Welcome Earth Healing Mission This was what greeted us in Maribojoc & Tubigon ( two coastal towns) impacted by the earthquake in Bohol. We arrived on Nov. 28, 2013. Dina, our liaison leader introduced us to Dr. Lim and Capitana Karaan. After a hasty lunch in Tagbilaran, we...Read more
The Good Shepherd Retreat House in Lipa City was blessed on October 18. Good Shepherd Sisters led by Sr M. Cecilia Torres, province leader, Sr.M. Florencia Tio, local leader of St. Bridget College community, and faculty and staff of SBC in Batangas attended the occasion. The blessing was led by Fr. Ericson Tio, a Bridgetine, and liturgist of the Archdiocese of Lipa. The retreat house, donated by the family of Sr. M. Socorro Galvez, was formerly used by Sr. Soledad Perpinan for the programs of...Read more
Members of Basic Ecclesial Communities participated in the parade of the Holy Family Parish in San Andres Bukid, Manila held last August 31. The parade was the culmination of the 62 nd founding anniversary celebrations of the parish with its theme “ Ang Diyos ay puspos ng kaayusan, ang saligan ng ating simbahan, huwaran sa kinabukasan.” The parade, “PARADA NG MAUNLAD PAROKYA,” was aimed at making the people aware of the different organizations and services available in...Read more
The new store of Bahay Pastulan in Sta. Rosa, Tagaytay was blessed on July 28. The blessing was attended by Good Shepherd Sisters from various communities in Batangas, Baguio, Cavite, Isabela and the National Capital Region (NCR), mission partners and men and women engaged in the eco-justice project of Bahay Pastulan. Presider of the blessing was Fr. Ron Bagley of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (CJM). Sr. M. Joseph Olaguer of Bahay Pastulan, in her Introduction, underscored the importance...Read more
Several of our Filipina overseas missionaries are in town for good or for vacation. Sr. M. Angela Battung arrived from the Province of Canada last June 2 after 44 years as missionary, first to South Korea and later to Canada. Sr. M. John Dumaug arrived also in June for home visit. She has been in Sudan helping in the projects of the community since July 2010. Sr. M. Celeste Yuzon was in Manila in May for her annual retreat. Sr, Fe de Paz of the international community of contemplatives for...Read more
A follow up workshop, “Empowering Filipino Artisans Out of Poverty (EFAP) was held at the Heart of Mary Villa conference hall from May 27-31. It is a joint program of Mission Development Office in Rome and the Philippine Province. 5 The workshop’s goal as part of the Economic Justice Projects was to improve the living conditions of Filipino Artisans engaged in Good Shepherd income generating projects. 5 MDO consultants. Patrizia Scarzella and Valentina Downey of Italy, facilitated...Read more
The General Assembly of St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (SMEIDFI) was held on April 25 at the Rosary Hall, Good Shepherd Convent in Quezon City. SMEIDFI serves as the Province’s social welfare/social development arm and a unifying mechanism for Good Shepherd ministries. SMEIDFI focuses on residential and pastoral ministries and takes care of the training for professionalization and relates with the government for licensing and accreditation. The Ministry Team...Read more