Sisters of the Good Shepherd

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd form one international congregation ministering in 71 countries on five continents. St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier who believed that God is like a compassionate shepherd whose love for all is boundless founded the group over 200 years ago in Angers, France.

Good Shepherd Sisters respond to a call to reach out to everyone and help awaken in everyone a sense of each person’s unique worth and inestimable value.

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd first came to Winnipeg in 1911 at the invitation of Judge Thomas Daly, who was seeking an alternative to prison for young women and girls he encountered in his court. Many of these young women were not “bad,” but were unwed mothers or women living in poverty.

Knowing of the Sisters’ work in Montreal, where they had been established since 1844, Daly recognized their zeal for helping the unfortunate. He knew their commitment and skills were needed in Winnipeg. In April 1911, five Sisters of the Good Shepherd came from Montreal to Winnipeg. That fall, Marymound was established in its current location on the west bank of the Red River. In the early-to-mid-20th century, up to 100 girls lived on Scotia Street, in St. Agnes Priory or Marymound.

Today, Marymound has facilities throughout Winnipeg and in Thompson, Manitoba. It serves 1,200 young people (male and female) and their families annually. In all, Marymound strives to remain true to the values and standards of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and follow the example they set for compassion, zeal, and reconciliation. The Sisters proved that “one person is worth the whole world.”

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