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Regional Celebrations to prepare for 2012 Centennial of Good Shepherd Sisters in the Philippines begin July 31 in SBC Batangas

Submitted by: regina
On: 24/07/2011

Regional Celebrations to mark the 2012 Centennial of Good Shepherd Sisters’ presence in the Philippines will be held starting July 31, 2011 in St. Bridget College, Batangas City.

According to Sr. Bernadette Guzman and Sr. Celeste Engutan of the Spirituality Committee, the journey of the Shepherd’s crook and staff will be part of the celebration. The committee hopes to ensure a meaningful celebration for the sisters, mission partners, benefactors and the people we serve in the regions and created regional representatives who will help implement the programs.


To kick off centennial celebrations in the different regions of the Philippine Province, the Spirituality Committee has prepared a ritual journey with the shepherd’s staff which will travel from one region to another from 2011 to 2012.

Following are the dates of arrival of the staff in the designated foundations: 

SBC Batangas July 31, 2011 St. Bridget College - Batangas, SBC Alitagtag NCRSeptember 8, 2011 Euphrasian Community, Good Shepherd Community, Heart of Mary Villa, Provincialate - Q.C., Welcome House-Paco/Malate, Tahanan–San Andres Bukid Cebu November 20, 2011Villa Maria –Banawa Hills, Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd Baguio January 6, 2012 Good Shepherd Baguio, Mountain Maid Training Center CAVITE February 8, 2012 Maryridge, Bahay Pastulan, Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd- Tagaytay Bukid Kabataan– General Trias BICOL March 19, 2012 St. Bridget School- Buhi, Good Shepherd Home - Naga, Good Shepherd Home - Legazpi, Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd-Virac MINDANAO April 24, 2012 Reach-out Davao,Good Shepherd - Cagayan de Oro, Iligan-Bukidnon, Pagadian, Kalilid, Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd –Butuan ISABELA June 8, 2012 Guibang, Gamu NCR June 24, 2012



During the period, while the staff is in the region, the houses can be creative in devising activities to involve the people connected with the apostolic and contemplative sisters in celebrating the Centennial (e.g. alumnae/alumni, benefactors, relatives, friends, SME scholars et al.)


The July 31 celebration in Batangas will be held at the SBC Auditorium where a Mass will be presided by Most Rev. Ramon Arguelles, Archbishop of Lipa. A program will follow with reading of historical messages, powerpoint presentation of the History of the Philippine Province. Audiovisiual presentation of the milestones of RGS in the Philippines, the singing of Psalm 23 and a Journey to Sacred Places. The highlight will be rite of enshrinement of the Centennial Good Shepherd Staff. Sr. M. Cecilia Torres, province leader, will also give her message on the occasion. An agape follows.