St. Mary Euphrasia 1796-1868 Foundress of the Society of the Good Shepherd

The Society of the Good shepherd sisters was founded in France in 1835 by St. Mary Euphrasia. She was born on 31st July 1796 in France. She was gifted with a deep love for humanity and reverenced each person for her/his uniqueness. The socially marginalised young girls and women of her time found in her a loving mother and teacher. By the time of her death on 24th April 1868, she had founded 110 convents in 68 countries, including one in India in 1854.Education according to St. Mary Euphrasia should develop to the fullest, all that is best in the human personality, physically, phychologically, socially, aesthetically and spiritually.

We, the Good Shepherd of Sisters, continue to make the ideal of our Foundress, a living reality in our world-wide mission of education and re-education, both formal and non formal, in diverse cultures. Her favourite maxim was that we should form strong characters, of high principles, grounded in truth. Her comments on various aspects in this connection are worthy of earnest reflection.