‘Standing on the Shoulders’ of our Spiritual Founders

‘Standing on the Shoulders’ of our Spiritual Founders

‘Standing on the Shoulders’ of our Spiritual Founders

‘Standing on the Shoulders’ of our Spiritual Founders

‘Standing on the Shoulders’ of our Spiritual Founders

‘Standing on the Shoulders’ of our Spiritual Founders

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By Ruby Gan, Marymount Centre, Province of Singapore-Malaysia

We mission partners from Singapore and Malaysia had the opportunity of a week-long pilgrimage to Angers, Noirmoutier, Ri, and Caen in France. Amidst the picturesque landscapes of this fascinating country, a sacred journey unfolded for us.

The week-long pilgrimage to Angers was a transformative experience, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and souls. In tracing the footsteps of our mother foundress and the other revered saints, the pilgrimage became a profound reminder of the enduring charism and tireless endeavors they paved for the betterment of humanity.

Their legacy, etched in history, ignited a flame within, instilling unwavering determination to continue the mission for decades to come. Echoing the sentiments of Joyce Johnson Rouse’s poignant lyrics in Standing on the Shoulders, I found myself standing tall, inspired by the passion and sacrifice of those who preceded us, and vowed to carry the torch forward, standing firm as pillars of support for future generations.

The conclusion of the pilgrimage, marked by a poignant closing ceremony at the green door, remains etched in my memory. As we personally experienced the ritual of crossing through the green door to embark on a new chapter, I heard the echo of St Mary Euphrasia’s words: “Go forth, my daughters”.

In that moment, a profound sense of sentiment and pride surged, as each participant embraced their role in the mission of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. As a partner-in-mission, I am blessed with the power of hope, love, and zeal bestowed by St Mary Euphrasia and St John Eudes and all the sisters who have come before us – to uphold and continue this legacy and mission of compassion and service.

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