19 August - Feast day of St John Eudes

St John Eudes

St John Eudes (1601-1680) is the founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, the Congregation of sisters that St. Mary Euphrasia joined as a young woman.  

On June 27th, 2014 the Congregations of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd reunited as one.  Members of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd celebrate this inspirational man and his rich legacy, particularly on his Feast day.

St John Eudes wrote: 'Love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable; we must love our neighbour with the same heart and the same love which we have for God, or rather, it is God we must love in our neighbour.'

Here is one of his beautiful reflections, particularly relevant to us as Good Shepherds:

What is the duty of a Shepherd?

to strengthen what is weak,

to bind up what is broken,

to bring back what was driven away,

to preserve what is well and strong.

A true shepherd should be a burning and shining light

burning interiorly and shining exteriorly,

a light to others in action.

To shine only exteriorly is vanity.

To burn solely within is something,

but it is not enough for a shepherd of souls.

To be shining and burning is holiness.



13 July 2018 - Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

.........Ms Cecilie Kern, GSIJPO.........

We have a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) contributed to the long process of developing this Global Compact to establish a contemporary framework for Migration.  It rests on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and human rights charters including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

Cecilie Kern is the GSIJPO staff member who has engaged and advocated the Good Shepherd position through the whole process together with other NGO's including the NGO Committee on Migration.

The Global Compact will be presented for endorsement to Heads of States in Morocco 10-11 December 2018.

Winifredd's Blog

Winifredd's Blog, below, will guide you to the links describing the initiative and its importance.  

Click here - We have a ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.’ Friday, July 13



2018 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Launch of year long campaign International Day for Human Rights

On Human Rights Day,10 December 2017, a year-long campaign was launched to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.  


  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.

  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.

  • Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.

  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.





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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

April 22 - International Mother Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)

June 5 - World Environment Day

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes

September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 21 - International Day of Peace

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 5 - International Volunteer Day

December 10 - Human Rights Day