Partnership for Mission

The Vision

The vision of the Partnership Team was drawn from a Good Shepherd Partnership Gathering held in Kuala Lumpar with Sisters and Mission Partners in 2008.

Our experience of Good Shepherd draws us together -

The strength of our Partnership propels us out for mission.

From the foundation of the Congregation in 1835, lay Mission Partners have been vital to the development of Good Shepherd.

In Asia Pacific, there is a new awareness of the importance of providing pathways for lay women and men, who are committed to the vision and spirit of Good Shepherd, to take genuine responsibility for the development of the Mission. 

  • In partnership we identify with Good Shepherd spirit from whichever place we come and we recognise it in each other.

  • The strength of our partnership lies in equality and inclusiveness in our relationships. Partnership enriches us personally and communally. 

  • Partnership and Co-responsibility for Mission 

The Role

Since 2007 the role of the Partnership Team in collaboration with the provinces is to:

  1. Lead Good Shepherd Asia Pacific towards increased understanding of Partnership and Co-responsibility for Mission.

  2. Highlight pathways to enable Mission Partners (sisters and lay women and men) to take responsibility – together – for the development, governance and implementation of Good Shepherd Ministries.



This Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Partnership Team organized two gatherings:

  • Partnership Gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June 2008.

  • Partnership Gathering in Singapore in August 2010.

At the Gatherings, people from all across Asia Pacific made new connections, shared ideas and stories, reflected upon the vision, spirit and mission of Good Shepherd and generated energy for the future.

Other developments:

  • Regular communication with Link Persons in each Province and with the Asia Pacific region.

  • New orientation/formation and leadership programmes, workshops and more inclusive structures for ministry planning have been developing.

  •  A new Good Shepherd Asia Pacific identity is born.....


Click here to see the resource booklet prepared by the GSAAP Team -  Resource Booklet 2015

Click below to read two other important documents - 

Statements on Partnership and Co-Responsibility for Mission

Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Partnership Strategic Plan 2014-2015


Click below to read the 2014 Report from the Partnership Team - a comprehensive overview of how Partnership is developing in Asia Pacific region -

Report from GSAPP Team 2014


Asia Pacific Intercontinental Assembly 2014   This regional Assembly was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2014.  A group of lay Mission Partners participated in the Assembly.  Click here to see their group photograph and to read their personal reflections upon the experience - Lay Mission Partners speak


Working together for 10 years - meeting in Singapore, February 2017 

In its 10th year, the Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Partnership (GSAPP) Team met in Singapore to review its work and continue to build capacity for Mission in the region.

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Team Members 2018

Meeting in 2018, in Colombo Partnership Team meets in Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 2018

Sr Noelene White - Chairperson - Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand

Mrs Sashirekha Natarajan - Central East India/Nepal

Sr Kevin Yin Yin - East Asia

Sr Rasangi Fernando - Sri Lanka/Pakistan

Ms Maricel Sevilla - Philippines

Sr Lusiana Rahayu - Indonesia

Ms Melina Ong - Singapore/Malaysia

Mr Jason Furtado - South West India

Sr Stella Rhee - North East Asia

Ms Gendrie Klein-Breteler - Australia/Aotearoa-New Zealand 


Left to right:  Ms Melina Ong, Sr Kevin Yin Yin, Mrs Sashirekha Natarajan, Mr Jason Furtado, Sr Noelene White, Ms Maricel Sevilla, Sr Lusiana Rahayu, Sr Stella Rhee, Ms Gendrie Klein-Breteler


GSAPP Team brings its work to completion 2019

Partnership Team meets in Singapore in January 2019

A special meeting of the Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Partnership Team was held from 7-9 January 2019 at Restful Waters, Singapore.  As the Asia Pacific region transitions towards an Integrated Approach, with the Regional Integration Committee carrying the torch forward, the GSAPP team celebrated the completion of its role.

Sashirekha created a beautiful and reflective summary of the sessions -

Click here - Comprehensive reflective summary by Mrs Sashirekha Natarajan

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Process of Integration

Following the Congregational Chapter 2015, the Asia Pacific Circle authorized a process to move towards the Integration of the four Teams of Asia Pacific:  Formation, Partnership for Mission, Spirituality, Justice Peace. The stage was set to reflect on the powerful Chapter Direction Statement which challenged Good Shepherd sisters and lay Mission Partners to go beyond, risk to respond to global issues, co-create and be co-responsible for the mission. 


First Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Integration Meeting

The first meeting of the GSAP Integration Committee was held in Singapore from 7-8 October 2018.

Click here for summary of meeting -


Meetings 2015 - 2018

Read about the series of meetings 2015-2018: 

Click here for first joint meeting Formation & Partnership Teams September 2015 -

Click here for Joint meeting Formation & Partnership Teams July 2016 -

Click here for Historic meeting Formation, Spirituality, Partnership for Mission, Justice Peace Teams August 2016 - 

Click here for Joint meeting Formation & Partnership Teams February 2017 -

Click here for Integration for Mission Session August 2017 -

Click here for Joint meeting Formation & Partnership Teams January 2018 -

Click here for celebrating 10 years as Team -