The Story of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

A woman ahead of her time....

The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd was founded in 1835 in Angers, France by Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier as an international religious order.  Today the Congregation is present in 73 countries throughout the world.  There are approximately 3,000 sisters and thousands of lay women and men: Good Shepherd Partners in Mission, sisters and lay, working together to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of Good Shepherd mission into the future. In 2019, all who work within Good Shepherd are the heirs of the story and the heritage, continuing the spirit and vision of St Mary Euphrasia.

Throughout Mary Euphrasia’s lifetime of work supporting women and girls experiencing poverty and marginalisation, she demonstrated qualities that made her stand out as a woman who was ahead of her time – qualities that are as relevant today:

  • Her ability to trust, to be open to new ideas and to accept the contributions of others.

  • Her 'daring audacity', teamwork and networking ability to respond to the signs of the   times.

  • Her projects for economic justice.

  • Her creativity in fundraising.

  • Networking with Government/Corporate Social Responsibility projects.’


24 April 2019

Every year, on 24 April, Mary Euphrasia's Feast Day, Good Shepherd people around the world celebrate the life and vision of this inspirational woman.  Some examples below:

Stories from Singapore

Good Shepherd Centre celebrated the 24 April 2019 with a deeply meaningful ritual, described by Sr Fiona Yeo.

Click here for more - Foundress Day 24 April 2019

Marymount Centre hosted a live performance which relived the significant moments of St. Mary Euphrasia’s life, as described by Ms Jessica Koh.

Click here for more 'How to Celebrate a Feast Day'


Learn more

In 2014 Good Shepherd in Singapore-Malaysia produced The Story of St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier presented as booklet and youtube video. 

Click here to see the booklet - The Story of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Click here to see the youtube clip - Youtubeclip

Click here to see the youtube clip - children's' version - The Story of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier - children's version


And now there is Euphrasia - The Musical!

'Euphrasia – the Musical' tells the true life story of Mary Euphrasia Pelletier from a mischievous girl growing up in the aftermath of the French Revolution to a woman with audacious ideas for improving the lives of countless women and children back in a time when society was much more orthodox.


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