150 years of Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar 1866-2016

Gratitude for all the blessings of 150 years

Gratitude is the memory of the Heart! (St. Mary Euphrasia)

 

Past, present, future.....

The Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar marked 150th year of the foundation of Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar on 16th January 2016.  The Myanmar foundation is one of the last houses that Mary Euphrasia, the foundress  made in 1866. Due to the unstable political situation all the missionaries and local Sisters left the country in 1966/67.  Nine local Sisters returned to Myanmar in 1973 and refounded the congregation. Today there are 51 Good Shepherd Sisters, 2 novices and 9 candidates in Myanmar.

Fruits of one whole year of preparation

The Jubilee day began with the morning liturgy at 5.30 am in the convent. The prayer was based on the fruit of past one whole year of spiritual preparation of the Sisters. Each community came up with a Jubilee symbol which expresses each Sister’s spiritual journey as Good Shepherd Religious. Grateful remembrance of each missionary who served during 150 years was part of the liturgy.  The message of Sr. Ellen Kelly, the Congregational Leader was read by Sr. Regina Htoo Htoo, Province Leader. The prayer ended by Sisters beating the gong 150 times opening the auspicious time of Jubilee day. After prayer morning everybody proceeded to the Heart of Mary Grotto at left corner of the convent for the blessing of the 150th Jubilee Commemoration Plaque which was attached to the Grotto.

Eucharist of thanksgiving

The thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration was held at 5 pm in St. Mary’s Cathedral of Yangon Archdiocese. His Eminence Charles Cardinal  Bo of Yangon Archdiocese led the solemn Mass with four Bishops from Myanmar and one from Thailand, and with about 75 priests from different dioceses and different countries. The presiders and Good Shepherd Sisters entered the Cathedral with a beautiful procession led by a music band playing the Jubilee theme song and our Lady’s song.

Visitors and guests

Among those who joined the occasion were the former province leaders Sr. Juliana Devoy, Sr. Louise Horgan, Sr. Joan Gormley, Sr. Euphrasia Mesomklin and Sr. Michelle Lopez, Good Shepherd Sisters from Macao, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Sisters from the Philippines province, and Sisters and lay partners from Singapore – Malaysia Province.  About 1300 people in total participated in the Eucharistic Celebration.  At the beginning, a brief history of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar was read. After solemn Mass, everyone was invited to jubilee dinner with entertainment.  During the dinner, the Jubilee cake was cut by Sr. Regina Htoo Htoo and the former Province Leaders while the music band played the congratulatory song.

Message from grateful hearts

We the Myanmar Good Shepherd Sisters are grateful to our Shepherd God for all the blessings we have received during these 150 years. Our heart gratefully remembers all our Sisters, Lay Mission Partners, Benefactors and friends, both local and overseas who support us and journey with us in many different ways to make this historical moment of Good Shepherd Sisters in Myanmar meaningful and joyful. 

 

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