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Telling the Stories of the Shepherd : Birthday gift to St. Mary Euphrasia

Submitted by: regina
On: 30/07/2010


In celebration of the 214th birth anniversary of St. Mary Euphrasia on July 31, the Research and Documentation Committee of the 2012 Centennial has asked communities to submit vocation stories of sisters and their stories of shepherding in the Philippine Province.

 Telling the Stories of the Shepherd, was recommended as the first exercise of the new communities in the Philippines during the apostolic year 2010-2011. The activity was suggested to the Province Leadership Team and presented to the local leaders during the meeting held in May in Baguio City.

Putting in writing the vocation stories of sisters and their experience of shepherding is also in keeping with St. Mary Euphrasia’s legacy of  having a good grasp of the history of  the congregation.

In her Conferences, Chapter 65, SME said:

 …you are treading on ground with blessings…

There are few religious orders for whom God has worked such prodigies of grace. 

Gratitude to God obliges you to write your annals. 

In our Lord’s words:  “Gather up the pieces so that nothing is lost.”

St. Mary Euphrasia wrote more than a thousand letters to her daughters in France and in various parts of the world where they were missioned.

The sisters in the Philippines are encouraged to submit their stories by July 31, 2010. These stories will be used by the Research and Documentation Committee for the Centennial Coffee table book and the 100 Stories of the Shepherd that will be published in celebration of 100 years of Good Shepherd presence in the country.

The committe is composed of Srs. Rosemary Bacaltos, Añanita Borbon, Gemma Dinglasan, Anallyn Esguera, Regina Kuizon and Fe Mendoza.

Community activities in celebration of the centennial are also being gathered to come up with a province list of events. The soft launching of the centennial was held on October 3, 2009 and the main celebrations will be in 2012. The Closing Mass of the centennial will be on October 4, 2013.