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Mission Statement

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, founded by Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, approach each person with the same care of Jesus the Good Shepherd. We are guided by the principle that "One person is of more value than a world."

Through Contemplation and Action our mission of reconciliation impels us to promote justice and peace. Our vow of zeal, the heart of the Good Shepherd vocation, leads us to search out the wounded, those left behind by the world. We minister in all areas of human service, with a particular focus on the needs of women and children.

There are two ways that a Sister of the Good Shepherd can express her zeal for God's people--apostolic or contemplative.


The Sisters of the Good Shepherd form one international congregation ministering in 71 countries on five continents. In the United States, the Sisters are in 23 states and in Canada are spread from east to west. Founded over two hundred years ago in Angers, France, by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier who believed that God is like a compassionate Shepherd whose love for all is boundless, Good Shepherd Sisters respond to a call to reach out to everyone and help awaken in all peoples a sense of each one's unique worth and inestimable value.

  • We believe that "No one should be lost in the chaos of our times."
  • We believe that we are most truly ourselves when we are relational and kind, respectful and caring.
  • We are profoundly convinced that when we work together and maximize our connectedness, we totally exploit our God-given capacity for personal healing, growth and change to the benefit of the human family and of our mother earth.
  • We admit to a preference for those who in any way have been marginalized or left behind, anyone who has been abused or neglected, especially women and children.




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