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Lay Affiliates of the Good Shepherd renew commitment

Submitted by: regina
On: 27/11/2009

The Lay Affiliates of the Good Shepherd renewed their commitment during the Eucharistic Celebration held November 26 at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Quezon City.

Sr. Marion Chipeco RGS and Sr. Mary James Wilson RGS joined the Lay Affiliates during the Mass presided by Fr. John O’Mahony SVD.

The Lay Affiliates renew their commitment annually on November 26.

In 1986, a group of 20 lay women actively involved in promoting and defending the dignity of women and who have collaborated with Good Shepherd Sisters in various ways, expressed their desire to enter into a formal relationship with us. Their purpose was to deepen Christian living while maintaining their present lay state, and sharing actively in the mission of the Good Shepherd.

The first Lay Affiliates were formally accepted in 1987 on the Diamond Jubilee of the Good Shepherd presence in the Philippines. Sr. Gema Cadena, then Superior General, and several of the General Councilors were present during the ceremony of commitment. How fitting that the formal acceptance of the lay affiliates happen ed in the same month that the Synod of Bishops in Rome were meeting on the subject of the Laity and that the first Filipino martyr-saint Lorenzo Ruiz was a married person.

Since then other communities have organized Lay Affiliates: Welcome House, Malate, Negros, Davao, Isabela.

The Lay Affiliates have outreach projects like the Headstart Program for the pre-school children in Bagong Silangan near Payatas in Quezon City. They also conduct pre-departure orientation seminars and counselling at the Center for Overseas Workers.

The Lay Affiliates

Annie Lukban, Chng Daclan, Mila A. Del Fonso, Jo Carriaga, Chit Almario, Virgin Torres, Chit Salas, Lucy Panganiban, Tess Mondragon, Lulu Concepcion, Pacita Panopio, Lourdes de la Paz, Dette Pascual, Rose Roig, Julie C. Alegre, Sonny O. Sison, Dina V. Carpio, Marvi Valdes, Charito B. Ahorro, Mercy E. de Guzman, Letty Medina and Inday Alagar.

View, Photo Gallery: Lay Affiliates

Good Food Book

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This book is a celebration of the food and stories of the Lay Affiliates of the Good Shepherd. Through these recipes, they playfully recall their many blessings during the years of prayer and community outreach. It is their hope that through sharing these recipes, everyone can taste the joy of living in the service of Christ, the Good Shepherd. Visit:  http://www.goodfoodbook.multiply.com