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30th Mindanao Cluster Meeting
of Good Shepherd Sisters held in CDO

Submitted by: regina
On: 29/07/2010

Eighteen (18) Good Shepherd Sisters working in Mindanao are gathered in Cagayan de Oro City for the echo of the 2010 Local Leaders’ Meeting. The July 29-30 activity is the 30th Mindanao Cluster Meeting.

Sr. Cecilia Torres RGS, province leader, participates in the meeting.

On July 31, the sisters will also celebrate the birth anniversary of St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of  the Good Shepherd congregation. Born on July 31, 1796 in Noirmoutier, France, Rose Virginie Pelletier took the religious name of Mary of St. Euphrasia when she entered the convent. She was canonized saint on May 2, 1940.

The sisters are from the five apostolic communities, namely Good Shepherd  in Davao, Pagadian, Kalilid, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro  and one contemplative community, Butuan.

Local leaders in Mindanao, Sr. Regina Pil - CDO, Sr. Diane Cabasagan -Davao, Sr. Edna Fuentes - Iligan, Sr. Alice Andres- Pagadian, Sr. Dinah Egpalina - CGS Butuan and Sr. Pilar Quemada - Kalilid and a member of the Province Leadership Team, planned and organized the meeting.

During the echo, the topics presented during the Local Leaders’ Meeting are shared to the sisters in the communities. The theme of the May 24-27 Local Leaders’ Meeting was, “Weaving New Pathways in Leadership,”

The topics that are presented during the echo are St. Mary Euphrasia and the Spirituality of Governance, reports of Ministry Team, SMEIDFI, MARTA, Formation, and Centennial Committee.

The conversation with Sr. Susan Chia, link apostolic councilor of the Congregational Leadership Team to the Philippines, is also part of the echo. She shared on the 2009 Congregational threads that will guide the Good Shepherd Sisters in living out our mission during the next five years. It is already a year since the 29th Congregational Chapter was held in Angers, France.

During the opening liturgy  for the Mindanao cluster, the sisters affirmed that it is in God’s name that they gather and celebrate., “ In God’s presence, let us welcome each other to this day of our togetherness, a moment of sharing, a moment of enriching one another.  Here in this sacred space, we know ourselves to be connected, touching and strengthening each other.”

Good Shepherd Sisters in Mindanao work in various ministries, including pastoral work and in programs for indigenous peoples, farmers, work for migrants and their families, residential care, work with urban and rural poor and in involvement in diocesan programs for women. The contemplative community are one with the apostolic sisters in praying for the various concerns in the ministry.

Other echoes of the 2010 Local Leaders Meeting were held during the past months: NCR, Euphrasian Community, Heart of Mary Villa, Tahanan, Welcome House/Malate, St. Bridget School- Quezon City, GSC, the Provincialate and the Novitiate. June 12, Rosary Hall, QC.; Batangas/Cavite, St. Bridget College-Batangas, Maryridge, CGS Tagaytay, Bahay Pastulan and Bukid Kabataan. June 13, Maryridge, Tagaytay City; Bicol Cluster, June 19, Buhi, Camarines Sur- Naga Community, St. Bridget School,-Buhi, Good Shepherd Home in Legazpi and Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd in Virac; Northern Luzon, Baguio and Isabela. June 22-23, Baguio City; and Cebu RGS-CGS, July 5, Cebu City.

View: Mindanao Cluster Photo Gallery