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Good Shepherd Services

Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia and has been granted tax-exempt status. The organisation has its origins as a charity founded and operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters in 1956. The Good Shepherd Sisters is a worldwide Congregation present in 73 countries in six continents.

We reach out and welcome each person with respect and dignity, accompanying each one with care and compassion. Through the years our focus has grown and evolved, as we reach out to those who are marginalised and broken, especially women, girls and their families, restoring and nurturing in them their worth and dignity.

As we continue our tradition of upholding the rights, worth and dignity of women and children in underserved communities and those experiencing sexual and gender-based violence, we have diversified our services from residential services to now include a range of residential and outreach services in Malaysia.

History

The Good Shepherd Mission has its origins in Angers, France, and is known as the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. The Congregation was approved on 16 January 1835 by Pope Gregory XVI. It was founded by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (1796-1868).

In 1814, Rose Virginie Pelletier entered Our Lady of Charity at Tours and was given the name Mary of St. Euphrasia. Sister Mary Euphrasia combined a great apostolic spirit with a deep interior life. The community and mission took on new vigour when she was elected superior at the age of 29. A house in Angers was founded in 1829 at the invitation of the local bishop. There, in 1831, Sister Mary Euphrasia formed a contemplative community for some of the girls and women under her care who desired to dedicate their lives to God. These contemplative sisters offer their lives of prayer and penance for the people served by the Congregation.

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