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1Good Shepherds in Sri Lanka Celebrate the Reunification of the Congregations of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge and Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd – on 27th June 2014.

“Peace, charity, unity and above all, the salvation of souls, these are our goals… Our unity is like a gently flowing river which waters our land with blessings”(SME)

It was a bright sunny afternoon when sisters and Lay Partners from all over the country flowed into the grounds of the Provincial House in Nayakakanda, to praise and thank God for the historic and happy event taking place in the Generalate in Rome on this very day.

Amidst happy chatter and laughter of more than 250 sisters RGS/CGS, novices and Lay Partners assembled in a large hall; there the Historical Event of Reunification was declared by Sr. Lucy Murugesu, the oldest sister present there. . Together with this happy occasion the launching of the new website of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Sri Lanka/Pakistan Province took place. Sr. Francine Muthugala the Province Leader opened the new website and projected to the assembly the various Features of Good Shepherd life and mission that were accessible.

After this, the group proceeded out into the garden in front of the chapel where a bevy of young girls from St. Joseph’s Child Development Centre and St. Euphrasia’s Home welcomed them with a beautiful and meaningful dance symbolising the merger in the form of two rivers flowing from two different directions and joining to make one. The Eucharistic Celebration followed at 5 p.m., presided over by Rev. Fr. Jeyaraj Rasiah S.J., the Province Leader of Jesuit Fathers and the President of the Conference of Major Religious Leaders. The School choir of St.Lawrence’s Convent at Wellawatte, enriched the Liturgy with their melodious and prayerful singing. The sanctuary was adorned with gorgeous floral decorations and an icon of the ‘logo’ of Sts. John Eudes and Mary Euphrasia was placed in front of the altar, highlighting the spirituality we’ve inherited from them.

The Mass having ended, the guests were led into the School hall where the girls of Good Shepherd Maha Vidyalaya, Nayakakanda, entertained them with a lively programme of song and dance. This was followed by a fellowship dinner for everyone.

What a happy and memorable day for our Province and Congregation!
What Joy St.John Eudes and St.Mary Euphrasia would have had, seeing this reconciliation and unification - a dream of theirs come true !
God be praised for His goodness and mercy!
May our togetherness in Mission help win many more persons to God’s Kingdom.


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