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Good Shepherd Sisters IRELAND

A person is of more value than a world


Our Story

As Good Shepherd Sisters we try to promote the inclusive community that Jesus modelled. We work with those who are seen as outsiders, homeless people, those suffering from addictions, women involved in prostitution, asylum seekers, the elderly, early school leavers and others.


The Good Shepherd leaves the 99 to go and bring back the one that is lost. To be a Good Shepherd in today’s world is to seek out those who are excluded by society or have opted out, believing that society has no place for them. It is to believe in those who have no belief in themselves, to see the potential that lies within and help them to become the person they were created to be, a unique person with something positive to offer to others. In our lives we continue the story of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who touched those afflicted by leprosy, ate with tax collectors, praised the goodness of those who worshiped differently and discussed theology with women and in so doing proclaimed the equality of all people before God.


Our foundress, St. Mary Euphrasia loved the image of the Good Shepherd. At the age of 18 she joined an elderly community of Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge. The sisters worked with young girls who were is various kinds of difficulty. At 29 the community elected her its leader. She was a woman of great vision and many women came to join her. She created a new structure for the congregation, which allowed her to create communities on every continent. She also fulfilled a dream to create communities of contemplative sisters who would reach out to those in need through a ministry of prayer.

We live in a society that is very quick to judge and to create distinctions between “us” and “them”. As Good Shepherd Sisters we try to promote the inclusive community that Jesus modelled. We work with those who are seen as outsiders, homeless people, those suffering from addictions, women involved in prostitution, asylum seekers, the elderly, early school leavers and others.

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