My hometown is Mie prefecture. My first encounter with Good Shepherd Sisters was when a priest introduced me to them.
I made my First Profession in 1991, and my Final Vows in 1996. Over the years I have been involved in various ministries. First I was at the Children’s Home in Sendai. Then I was also involved in our Kindergarten School in Toyonaka, Osaka. Later I had ministry experience in our shelter house and dormitory in Toyonaka.
At present I am helping in translating English to Japanese documents. I also help in taking care of and supporting our elderly sisters.
I think there are many resources in Asia Pacific which can help us in developing our spirituality. Building stronger links within Good Shepherd Asia Pacific is important because we can communicate and share with each other easily about our spirituality, mission and resources.
I am inspired by these words in our Constitution: “In our unceasing return to our compassionate God, we discover the depth of our sinfulness and in openness to God’s initiative of love we find mercy……..we witness among them to the power of this mercy.” (Constitutions of Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, No. 4.)
In 2004, I attended a session at the Spirituality Centre in our Mother House in Angers, France. The theme was “Reconciliation” and I was particularly touched by the lecture of Sister Brigid Lawler, Congregational Leader.
Also, from 2012 to 2013, Sister Eliene Barros and Sister Yvette Arnold from our Generalate in Rome came to Japan three times for our sessions on Restructuring. These meetings were wonderful, and offered me good opportunities to reflect about reconciliation.
The Philippines-Japan Province Chapter was held from 16-22 March 2020 in Quezon City. The Chapter was impacted by both the Taal Volcano eruption in January and now the COVID-19 pandemic
The Province of Philippines-Japan was established more than 2 years ago. Sr. Elizabeth Yuko Takeda's inspirational reflections show the reality of zeal for mission and love and harmony in community
On April 24, 2017 feast of St. Mary Euphrasia, the Province of Philippines-Japan was established. This is the culmination of some years of discernment, reflection and discussion between the two countries.
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region