24th April is the Feast Day of St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Mother Foundress of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, or better known as the Good Shepherd Sisters.
In 1956, the Good Shepherd Sisters arrived in Malaysia and from their humble beginnings in Kuala Lumpur, have since expanded their missions to Ipoh, Johor and Sabah, reaching out to girls and women in crisis and in the margins.
Due to social distancing guidelines, this year’s celebration was a simple, albeit meaningful one. Sr. Theresa Chye presented the history of Good Shepherd Sisters in Malaysia in a slideshow, and kept her audience enthralled with bits of stories, anecdotes and her experiences from the past! This was followed by a short Q&A session and fellowship.
Of course, no celebration, no matter how small, is complete without food. The staff at the shelter lovingly prepared mouth-watering assam laksa, whilst the Sisters made some delicious buns and fresh roselle juice from the roselle tree in the garden. These were complimented by a variety of kuih, cakes and ice-cream to round-up the activities of the day.