Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is part of a global network spanning over 70 countries, working to create just and equal communities where women and girls can live full, safe lives.
Good Shepherd's international network
Good Shepherd has been committed, and mobilised, for nearly 200 years; going to some of the most challenging places around the world to work for social change. Good Shepherd International has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for its work with women and girls.
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand works with the Good Shepherd International Foundation Mission Development Office based in Rome to look at the effectiveness of international development projects globally.
Good Shepherd in Asia Pacific
We support initiatives primarily in the Good Shepherd Asia Pacific region. Each year our Province Leader meets with nine other Province Leaders who form the Asia Pacific Circle. This group works to develop the Good Shepherd mission across 19 Asia Pacific countries, with a focus on four areas: Justice and Peace, Formation for Leadership and Mission, Asia Pacific Partnership and Spirituality for Mission.
Good Shepherd agencies in Australia and New Zealand
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand plays a governance role in the broader Good Shepherd network in Australia and New Zealand. Everyone in this network shares the same mission, vision, purpose and values. Collectively we are able to have a greater impact on breaking intergenerational cycles of disadvantage for women and girls.
This network includes:
We are co-responsible for the mission
The core of this painting represents Good Shepherd's spirituality, philosophy, values, ethos, spirit and passion for our mission. The spirals coming from the core are an expression of us all doing our own part, as individuals or agency groups. We are immersed in our various parts of Good Shepherd, but we all share the same purpose and are co-responsible for continuing the mission.
We respect the living culture and heritage of Indigenous people and commit to reaching a level of cultural understanding that is expressed through appropriate behaviours by staff and volunteers across our programs and services. We affirm that we will walk together with the first peoples of Australia and New Zealand, acknowledging their stories and spiritualties, honouring their heritage and advocating for social justice for all.