With the closure of residential services for women and girls in the 1970s in Australia, other Good Shepherd services developed:
Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, Victoria
Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth & Family Services, Sydney
St Clare’s School, Perth
Good Shepherd Microfinance
Good Shepherd Trading Circle
Good Shepherd Aged Services, Melbourne
As part of succession planning, the Sisters established Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand in 2008 to create a formal framework for sustaining and developing the Good Shepherd mission into the future.
At one stage of the journey, Good Shepherd leaders gathered in a workshop setting to identify the core characteristics of Mary Euphrasia.
These characteristics guided Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand's strategy, service focus areas, research and desire for innovation. The characteristics of Mary Euphrasia most needed in the world today were identified as:
Taking risks and innovating
Focusing on the individual
Building quality relationships with each other
Adapting and being audacious.
The Sisters today are passionate in their advocacy and support of women and girls experiencing social injustice and entrenched disadvantage.
Together with the Sisters, Good Shepherd’s employees, volunteers and supporters are all Mission Partners, working towards creating a world where every woman and girl can experience a full, safe life and be in control of her future.
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand plays a governance role in the broader Good Shepherd network in Australia and New Zealand. Everyone in this network shares the same mission, vision, purpose and values. Collectively we are able to have a greater impact on breaking intergenerational cycles of disadvantage for women and girls.
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