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"And she shall live in the house of the Lord forever.”

                                                                                Psalm 23


Tribute to Sr. M. Corazon Nido RGS

Sr. Mary Corazon Nido, whom we fondly called Corsky, would have loved to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee as a Religious of the Good Shepherd in 2013. She said the celebration would  take place only a month before the Philippine Province would have  have officially closed the 2012 Centennial of Good Shepherd presence in the country. She was happy that she and her bandmates  have been a part of the rich history of the Philippine Province and were able to be a presence of Jesus the Good Shepherd to those who are marginalized especially women and children.

But as one Filipina Missionary said when she learned of her death, Sr. Corsky is now having a grand celebration with our Lord, Jesus the Good Shepherd & all the RGS.

From the day she was accepted as a Good Shepherd Novice in Los Angeles on September 8, 1953, Gloria Estefania Ancheta Nido of Agno, Pangasinan and later Vigan, Ilocos Sur  bore the name of Sr. Mary Corazon de Jesus.

When Sr. Mary Corazon celebrated her Golden Jubilee in Naga in 2003, Sr. Lulu Fabia in her introduction said that “the name Mary Corazon combines the two sources of the charism of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd-- the Heart of Jesus and Heart of Mary.”

Today as we look back on the past  58 years that Mary Corazon spent in loving service to the work of the Good Shepherd, we could see how Mary Corazon used her skills and talent as a teacher to minister to the poor especially to women and children.  From being a teacher and group mother at St. Ursula  School (1955-1960) in Cebu she was devoted in her mission as teacher at our three schools St. Bridget College in Batangas (1960-1967), St. Bridget School -Buhi (1967, 1987-1991) and St. Bridget School – Quezon City (1968-1971). She was a teacher and group mother at Maryridge (1971-1975), helped in Kaunlaran Multipurpose Center’s income generating projects (1975-1978) for the poor , minister to the young students at the hostel of Mountain Maid Training Center in Baguio (1978-1984), went back to SBS-Buhi (1984-1987) and from there built the foundation for what is now Good Shepherd  Home in Legazpi  (1987-1988). She  was in Buhi( 1988-1991) no longer as a teacher but in charge of the kitchen and was missioned to Caritas Manila to help in the Morning Glory program for sexually abused and exploited women/children. She was in Naga community from 1994-2009 expressing the compassion of the Good Shepherd to the girls and women in the residence,  at the same teaching them skills that helped them in their financial needs but also in their healing. Heart of Mary Villa was her last community before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and moved to the Maria Droste Infirmary.

To respond to these various missions she has continually and untiringly joined updating not only on Modern Mathematics when she was a teacher but service training for Residential Care and Crisis Intervention Workers;  Seminars on Research in Bikol Culture, Values Education, RGS Basic Women Orientation; SMEIDFI- Socio-Economic Work/Project Skills Training Workshop; Participation in the First STOP National Assembly and Workshop to prevent the exploitation of women and children; Para-legal training; - Comprehensive Training for House parents /Caregivers: A therapeutic-based Approach,  Training of Trainors on Advanced Parenting Effectiveness Service (PES) for Families at Risk, Orientation Workshop on Management Information System-Electronic Data Base Processing (MIS-EDP), Seminar on Media Literacy Education, in Caceres, and WJPIC Orientation  to promote and live out the WJPIC Perspective and the New Paradigm on the personal and communal level in carrying out the Mission of Reconciliaton and Charism of merciful Love of the Good Shepherd Congregation.

Philippine Province

Today, as the Philippine Province moves closer to the 2012 Centennial, Sr. Mary Corazon’s life speaks of a rich fragment in the history of the Good Shepherd Sisters in the Philippines.

Let me go back to Sr. Lulu’s Introduction for the Golden Jubilee of Sr. Mary Corazon:

“During that year 1970 when we prepared for the new monastery of our contemplatives n Cebu, the Philippine Province of the Good Shepherd also opened its first Mindanao mission in Davao. The two poles of prayer and contemplation and mission ad gentes helped us in the years that followed Vatican II, the call to return to our roots, the imperative to put our religious life at the service of the Church and the world. New ways of shepherding in pasture now included shepherding in peril, from cool streams to rough and treacherous rivers. Now the Shepherd’s flock included peasants and fisherfolk, exploited women, oppressed laborers, political detainees, hamletted villagers on the run. Those were difficult years for all of us and Sr. Corazon lived through the moments of pain and seeming division among us. But through it all, the faithfulness and love of our Good Shepherd broke through our darkness and confusion. In 1982, our Province had an experience of Reconciliation. Up in Baguio, our Good Shepherd gathered us and gave us the assurance that as we walked through different ways we were following Him as He led us through untrodden paths. Each was trying to listen to the Shepherd’s voice, to follow his new and unfamiliar call.

The story of God’s plan for our dear Sister Mary Corazon unfolds within the story of the Philippine Province of the Good Shepherd and the congregation as a whole, the history of the different GS missions in the local churches where she has been assigned, and surely in a big way within the pastures of the Shepherd in this beautiful region of Bicol- where our Sister has lived and served in love for 18 years of her religious life.

Archbishop of Caceres Leonardo Z. Legaspi  sent his message of condolences to the Province and gratitude for the gift of Sr. Mary Corazon whom he knew personally during her many years in Bicol.  During Sr. Mary Corazon’s Golden Jubilee the Archbishop said: “Fifty years in consecrated life! This is what we are celebrating together here, this is what this gathering is all about. Sister Corazon, tell us, at this moment, tell your younger sisters especially, that in those 50 years, God has never forsaken you, You can truly say even now, “ I have no regrets!”

Sr. Mary Corazon  lived eight more years after her Golden Jubilee, the last two after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Yet, though her health was deteriorating, her days at the Maria Droste Infirmary were joyful, which she spent in prayer and in solidarity with the  victims of violence and injustice, in particular the Morong 43 whom she visited when they were in prison and joined her voice with those who  demanded their release.  Yes, the poor, the marginalized, exploited children and women, and victims of injustice all have a place in the heart of Sr. Mary Corazon. As her surname Nido, a Spanish word that translates to NEST, she has a big nest for all those who are in need.

To us who are gathered here this afternoon, we give thanks to Our Shepherd God, for the gift of Sr. Mary Corazon to our congregation, to the Church, the girls and children and families for whom she dedicated her life in faithful service and for the friendship and smiles she shared with us.


 -Sr. Angelina Sanchez RGS


Sr. Corazon Nido RGS


(Gloria Estefania Ancheta Nido)

August 3, 1932 – August 15, 2011

On August 15, 2011, Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption, our dear Sr. Corazon
peacefully joined Jesus, the Good Shepherd, after 58 years in religious life.


The Religious of the Good Shepherd, apostolic and contemplative,
her bereaved family and relatives are grateful for your prayerful remembrances.


The wake is at the Good Shepherd Chapel, 1043 Aurora Blvd., Quezon City.

Mass at 8 p.m. on August 16 and August 17.

Mass of the Resurrection is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2011
followed by inurnment at the Good Shepherd Convent Columbarium.