Sister Monica Walsh, Province Leader

 

Monica Walsh was first elected as Province Leader of Australia & Aotearoa/New Zealand in May 2016.  On 14 February 2021 she commenced her second term of office for a period of three years.

Monica was born in 1945 and made First Profession in 1965.

Monica has a Social Work Degree and Post Graduate qualifications in Pastoral Ministry (Boston College, USA) and Counselling (Queensland University of Technology) and a Diploma of Advanced Group Work Facilitation.

Over the years Monica has worked with teenagers in residential care, in counselling and outreach to families, and neighbourhood community development in areas with a low socio-economic status.  More recently, Monica focussed on counselling for women, plus group work with female survivors of domestic violence and/or childhood sexual abuse. From the 1990’s, Monica has had a ministry to bring justice and healing to former residents of Good Shepherd institutions. She has been a member of different Province Leadership Teams for more than thirty years.

Sister Monica and the new Province Leadership Team commenced their term of office on 14th February

 

Province Leader and Team

Click here -  Incoming Province Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

Projects

Asia Pacific Circle meets

Asia Pacific Circle meets

At its first meeting, held via zoom on 3 March 2021, the new APC expressed appreciation for the strength of the previous leadership in areas such as networking, collaboration, sharing of resources and capacity building of mission partners

Province Chapter Australia & Aotearoa-New Zealand

Province Chapter Australia & Aotearoa-New Zealand

After many months of delay due to COVID-19, this Province completed its (virtual) Chapter from 2-5 February 2021. Sister Monica Walsh was appointed for a further 3 year term as Province Leader

A wake up call

A wake up call

Australia's catastrophic bushfire crisis has been a wake up call to a nation where preventative action to address global warming remains a contentious issue, and a wake up call to the global community

Celebrating Good Shepherd Day in New Zealand

Celebrating Good Shepherd Day in New Zealand

Each year on 31 July, sisters and mission partners in Aotearoa New Zealand gather to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the first sisters to Christchurch, in 1886

'Good Conversations' focus on Forced Marriage

'Good Conversations' focus on Forced Marriage

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand convenes 'Good Conversations' each year. This forum explored the link between forced marriage, slavery and family violence

The Trading Circle comes to completion

The Trading Circle comes to completion

In Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand, The Trading Circle has been marketing products from Good Shepherd producer groups for 25 years. Many factors led to the recent decision to bring the ministry to closure

Launch of Good Shepherd Memorial in Australia

Launch of Good Shepherd Memorial in Australia

A Memorial acknowledging past residents of Good Shepherd Homes in Australia from 1863 - 1984 was unveiled in Melbourne on 11 February 2018

Session for Formation and Partnership

Session for Formation and Partnership

Historic first Formation and Partnership Session in Asia Pacific creates a distinct shift in the understanding of Partnership for Mission

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region

Reconciliation in Australia

Reconciliation in Australia

Reconciliation holds special meaning in the Australian nation - it describes the long journey towards full acknowledgment of the rights of First Nations Peoples

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand provides services and governance for Good Shepherd ministries, enabling sustainability and ongoing development into the future

The Good Shepherd First Nations Scholarships

The Good Shepherd First Nations Scholarships

First Nations women in Australia are offered support to complete higher education. This increases their capacity for leadership, and personal and financial empowerment