Myanmar Bishop encouraged the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (RGS), to imitate the Good Shepherd on the occasion of five RGS sisters’ profession on March 15.
“The daughters of the Good Shepherd have to imitate the Good Shepherd. They are to be the Shepherds who are unwilling to let the sheep’s lives suffer. For all these reasons, the sisters are to make their vows today,” Coadjutor Bishop Maurice Nyunt Wai of Mawlamyine Diocese said.
Sister Mary Catherine Mai Khin Swe Aye, Sister Mary Emily Pum Man Niang, Sister Mary Martina Cing Lam Lun, and Sister Rose Marie Aye Nandar Min professed their perpetual vow. Maria Goretti Nant Yin Nyein Aye made her first profession in the congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, commonly known as Sisters of the Good Shepherd (RGS).
The RGS Sisters’ profession took place at St. John Maung Htaw Lay Church in Yangon, Myanmar.
“The Good shepherds give out. The bad shepherds also give out. But the Good Shepherds give their lives not to lose the lives of the sheep. But the bad shepherds save their lives by giving out their sheep’s lives,” Bishop Maurice stated.
Based on the different passages of the Scriptures, the bishop highlighted that sending involved suffering.
He continued, “‘No pain, No Gain. No Missing, No Mission.’ In every mission, there is a mission. In every Mission, there are Rewards.”
The congregational leader, Sister Joan Marie Lopez, gave the professed sisters the rings as a sign of their covenant with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and said that their fidelity be confirmed by loving zeal and service as they continue Christ’s mission of reconciliation in the Church.
Sr. Joan Marie Lopez also said, “As members of the congregation of the Good Shepherd, you can share all things in common now and in the future. You are to be faithful to the ministry and the Church entrusts to you to be carried out in its name.”
His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon Archdiocese, Bishop Noel Saw Naw Aye, the Superiors and RGS Sisters, religious brothers, the parents and relatives of the candidates of the profession took part in this event.
The congregational leadership team of the four superiors was present on the occasion. They were said to be the bringers of the presence of St. Mary Euphrasia, the founder of the congregation.
St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier founded the congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, commonly known as Sisters of the Good Shepherd, in 1835 in France.
In 1866 before her death, she sent her sisters to Myanmar as missionaries at the invitation of Bishop Paul Bigandet.
They started their mission in St John Maung Htaw Lay by teaching the children and the young people. - By Hubert Saw
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