Economic Justice

Words of Saint Mary Euphrasia

A person is of more value than the whole world


All people to share the benefits

The Challenge

Despite the year-2000 Jubilee call for redistribution and inclusiveness, recent decades of global economic expansion have created a privileged group into extreme wealth with a concurrent entrapment of peoples and communities living in conditions of extreme poverty. Global political and economic systems and structures have largely disregarded the calls for the restoration of justice, reconciliation among all humanity, welcome of the stranger, or cancellation of debt burdens. Within the inextricable maze of poverty and of abundance of global resources, the gap between rich and poor continues to grow.

The Vision 

We have a vision that all persons, with special awareness of women and girls, ought to share in the economic, social and spiritual benefits of our global wealth. This conviction rests on Judaic-Christian Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, the UDHR, and the universal ethical code to treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.

The Solidarity

Good Shepherd's response to economic justice is to express solidarity with those who are consigned to live in conditions of extreme poverty. The approach is to listen to their experiences, accompany them, develop holistic programmes to serve their needs, and support the contributions they make toward alternate policies. Good Shepherd works to increase its capacity to understand the dynamics of global economic exclusion so as to advocate effectively for economic improvement and social transformation.  Aware of our own wealth and privileges, we perceive this as a call to personal and communal conversion. We also understand that there is a prophetic call to stand against the systems and structures of economic injustice.

Good Shepherd stands with all persons of good will who seek to eradicate poverty and support economic justice.


Congregational Position Papers 2018

Congregational Position Papers 2018

In 2011, the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd published a set of Good Shepherd Position Papers to serve as a tool toward relevant development of programs, policy, and advocacy. This 2018 Position Papers update encompasses the Congregational Chapter Direction statement of 2015. It integrates insights of Catholic Social Teaching, including teaching of our current Pope Francis; it draws on the international work of our congregational nongovernmental organization (NGO) representative at the United Nations (UN), including the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework of the UN Agenda 2030.

Click here for Congregational Position Papers 2018 on Migration, Economic Justice, Girl Child, Trafficking, Prostitution, Integral Ecology.

Good Shepherd Social Enterprise KKNE in Sabah, Malaysia

The Programmes

In Asia Pacific, Good Shepherd works within nation states and across borders for economic justice. In some countries, Good Shepherd programmes offer skill development and income generation for people struggling against severe poverty.

Income Generating Programmes

  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Sri Lanka

In other countries, projects are in place to assist with the marketing of products, and to raise consciousness about issues of fair trade.

Marketing Projects

  • Australia
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia