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Soft Launching

A Eucharistic Celebration at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Quezon City to launch the three-year preparations for the centennial of  Good Shepherd Sisters’ presence in the Philippines, was held on October 3.

The Mass was participated in by representatives of various Good Shepherd communities in the country, lay affiliates and friends.

During the introduction, Sr. Mary James Wilson RGS traced the beginning of the foundation of the community in the Philippines reminding those gathered that the first Good Shepherd missionaries who came to the country were the Irish sisters missioned in Rangoon.

Sr. Cecilia Torres, province leader, also announced the names of the members of the Centennial Committee that will collaborate with various working groups regarding province and community level activities for the centennial.

The members of the Centennial Committee are Srs. Juliet Abrigo, Aida Casambre, Celeste Engutan CGS, Bernadette Guzman and Regina Kuizon.

A group of consultants will also be available during the preparations for the centennial. The consultants are: Srs, Marion Chipeco, Teresita Fiel, Socorro Galvez CGS, Fe Mendoza, Regina Pil and Mary James Wilson.

The working committees formed for the centennial include: Research/Publication/Archives, Souvenirs/Calendars, Spirituality, Logistics, and Awards.

In his homily, Fr. Antonio de Castro SJ, emphasized that the celebrations “is just the beginning of a three-year period of telling stories, describing in brief narrative form what you, the Good Shepherd sisters, have been doing ever since your first group of sisters arrived almost 100 years ago.”

He continued, “During this three-year period, we hope to encourage one another then to tell stories, stories of the Good Shepherd sisters you have known, stories about how these sisters have collaborated in making the apostolic works of the Philippine Province what they are today, and to draw the appropriate lessons from them for the present and for the future.”

During the Mass, the representatives of various communities and ministries also gave their initial contributions to “Pondong Euphrasia”, a project that aims to generate funds to be turned over the to St. Mary Euphrasia Scholarship Fund that hopes to support 100 scholars by 2012.

The launching on October 3 was attended by Good Shepherd sisters, lay affiliates and friends. Snacks followed at Bahay Ugnayan.  Mr. Rey Sison of the Manila Symphony Orchestra who earlier played the flute with the Good Shepherd musicians led by Sr., Madelein Nicolas, during the Mass, also rendered several musical pieces for those gathered for the occasion. He later played another music with Sr. Evelina Coronel, who played the piano.