Energized by the spirit of the Good Shepherd

About

I was born in 1987 at Phado, Kyautaga Township, Bago Division, Myanmar.  My father is Joseph U Than Shwe and my mom is Zita.  My parents are farmers and I have two older brothers and three younger sisters. When I was young I loved to be with my father in the farm and I learned to love nature a lot.  My mother is originally a strong Catholic, but my father is a convert. They love each other very much and are a good example for us even though they were not rich.  I was baptized since I was born and learned Catechism from St. Francis Xavier Sisters.  I wanted to become a doctor when I was of primary school age, but while preparing for my first Communion, I felt a call from God which I did not really understand. When I finished my high school, I expressed my desire to join the religious congregation and both my father and mother disagreed.  With the help of a saintly religious, I gained my parents’ permission.

In Good Shepherd

I came to know the Good Shepherd Mission through a sister from St. Francis Xavier congregation.  I joined the congregation after my high school, on November 8, 2003. I entered the Novitiate on November 21, 2009 and made my first profession on March 13, 2012.   

The Challenges

After my first profession, I worked mostly with children. I learned new things from different children of different backgrounds.  Networking with other NGOs such as World Vision, other orphanages, child care centers helps me to work more effectively with the children with different kinds of problems.

The Inspiration

The Spirit of the Good Shepherd energizes me every day in helping the children at the margins.

 

Projects

150 years of Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar 1866-2016

150 years of Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar 1866-2016

In 1866 St Mary Euphrasia sent sisters to Myanmar to begin a Good Shepherd foundation. A year of preparation culminates in celebrations to mark this happy occasion

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region

Good Shepherd Nurseries for children in Myanmar

Good Shepherd Nurseries for children in Myanmar

The sisters in Yangon offer nursery care for the many 'at risk' small children near their convent