National Apology Day - February 13

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Good Shepherd acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of this land where we live and work in Abbotsford.
Good Shepherd Volunteers

Thank you Good Shepherd Volunteers

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Good Shepherd would like to take this opportunity, the United Nations International Day of the Volunteer, to thank each and every one of our amazing volunteers.

Celebrating a World of Possibilities!

What a night! 250 guests enjoyed an amazing night of food, wine and entertainment on Friday 22 November at the inaugural Good Shepherd Foundation Dinner.

Teresa's Book Club

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Every Wednesday, the Good Shepherd Aged Services’ unofficial ‘book club’ gathers to hear Teresa (pictured) read the next instalment of a gripping novel, or to watch a film based on the novel. Each week a core group comes to listen to stories, joined occasionally by other residents, mostly women.

International Day of the Girl Child

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The United Nations declared the 11th October as the International Day of the Girl Child. Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is deeply committed to advocating for and improving the lives of disadvantaged, marginalised and oppressed girls.

Blessing of the Animals

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Blessing of the Animals - A St Francis of Assisi Feast Day Event in St Michael's Courtyard, Good Shepherd Chapel
Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand invites you to the Chapel for a reflection and to hear about current issues facing asylum seekers in the community.

Stand in Solidarity with Asylum Seekers

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Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand invites you to the Chapel for a reflection and to hear about current issues facing asylum seekers in the community.

Ada Celebrates 110th Birthday

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Ada Furby has been involved with Good Shepherd for decades. The following story was published recently in the West Australian:

Good Shepherd Mission Continues

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Abbotsford Convent is now an iconic feature of Melbourne, nestled along the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River. The Convent and several other Convents in Victoria, including St James at Oakleigh (pictured) and Rosary Place at Albert Park were built by the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Rosemount Day Program Wins Award

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The Day Program at Rosemount Good Shepherd in Sydney has won the 2013 Spirit of St Mary Euphrasia Project Award. The Day Program last year celebrated 30 years of service and is Rosemount’s longest running program.

Working in the steps of St Mary Euphrasia

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Good Shepherd Microfinance's Deputy CEO - Development and Innovation Michelle Crawford received the 2013 Spirit of St Mary Euphrasia Award at an important annual gathering of Good Shepherd Sisters, staff and volunteers from across Australia and New Zealand in June.

Good Shepherd Sister Honoured

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At an age when most people are enjoying retirement, Sister Gabrielle Dore, worked for the best part of a decade at Mt Maria College in Brisbane, as volunteer librarian and archivist.

Archbishop Hart Celebrates Mass in Restored Chapel

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The Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart celebrated Mass at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Abbotsford on May 29 2012; the first Mass in the Chapel for almost three years, during which time the 141 year old building underwent a massive restoration.

Good Shepherd Chapel Opens

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The historic Good Shepherd Chapel, the cornerstone of the Abbotsford Convent complex, reopened in 2012 after two years of restoration works.

Corporate Volunteers spread Christmas Cheer

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Volunteering at Good Shepherd can mean editing an internationally recognised research report, supporting women who have been in the care of Good Shepherd Sisters for more than 60 years or it can mean getting caught up in the fun and festivities of Christmas. That’s certainly what happened when four people from CPA Australia (one of the world’s largest accounting bodies) put their hand up to volunteer with Good Shepherd for a day.

Fight Against Forced Marriage Will Go On

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This week as we mark International Women's Day, Rhonda Cumberland, CEO of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, reflects on the Australian Parliament's passing of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2012, which outlaws forced marriage in this country.

Good Shepherd Signs Reconciliation Action Plan

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Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is delighted to be taking a lead role in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the Good Shepherd network.

Ebony Wins Good Shepherd Scholarship

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Ebony Hill has pedigree when it comes to political and social activism. She grew up in Broome surrounded by women who have been instrumental in shaping their communities and bringing important cultural issues to the world stage. Ebony has plans of her own and there is little doubt she will continue the family tradition.

Supporting Asylum Seekers

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Good Shepherd volunteer Yvette Gonzalez has helped people in the Good Shepherd network understand the day to day plight of asylum seekers living in the community. She has also provided a way for people to help.

Good Shepherd Celebrates 150 Years

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It's 150 years since the first four Good Shepherd Sisters arrived in Melbourne. A weekend of celebrations begins on June 21 with a Celebration of music and words at the beautifully restored Good Shepherd Chapel in Abbotsford and continues on Saturday June 22 with a Festival at the Abbotsford Convent. Join these wonderful celebrations.

Good Shepherd Goes to the People

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If someone had told Noelene White, when she joined the Good Shepherd Sisters forty-two years ago, that she would end up doing pastoral work on the streets of Sydney's infamous Kings Cross, she might well have fled out of the Abbotsford convent gates.

On A Mission

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Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand's new Mission Leader, Trish Carroll, reflects on the organisation's mission 150 years after the first four Sisters arrived in Australia.

Discover Life Behind The Veil at 150th Festival

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Good Shepherd Sister Mary Carroll is one of the Good Shepherd Sisters who will be leading free guided tours around the Convent as part of the Good Shepherd Festival on Saturday 22 June 2013.

Night of Music Marks 150th Anniversary in Australia

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Melbourne musician May Lyon has created an anthem for Good Shepherd Sisters to mark the 150th anniversary of the Sisters arrival in Australia. May's anthem, The Good Shepherd, will be performed by the Melbourne Women's Choir on Friday 21 June at the Good Shepherd Chapel, as part of the opening of the Good Shepherd Festival which continues on Saturday 22 June.

Convent Bakery Joins 150th Festival

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The Convent Bakery at the Abbotsford Convent is preparing for Good Shepherd's 150th Festival Day on Saturday June 22 2013.

Good Shepherd's 150 Years

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Big “0” birthdays are usually seen as marking a significant step into a new stage of our lives. So it is, that at Good Shepherd, we approach the 150th anniversary of our time in Australia as an important moment in our history. Province Leader Sr Anne Manning sees it as a time for looking back and a time for looking forward to whatever lies ahead.

Good Shepherd Celebrates 150 Years

It's 150 years since the first four Good Shepherd Sisters arrived in Melbourne. A weekend of celebrations begins on June 21 with a Celebration of music and words at the beautifully restored Good Shepherd Chapel in Abbotsford and continues on Saturday June 22 with a Festival at the Abbotsford Convent. Join these wonderful celebrations.
Sister Jo Mathysen

A lifetime of friendship

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Sr Jo Mathysen first fell in love with the grounds surrounding the Abbotsford Convent when she joined the Good Shepherd Sisters almost 50 years ago.