Dispatch En Route to the Mother House: Going on Faith

Next stop: Maison Mère du Bon Pasteur, Angers, France

Next stop: Maison Mère du Bon Pasteur, Angers, France

I have been chosen to be a participant in the 2017 Pilgrimage to the House of the Mother of the Good Shepherd, Angers, France. This is the home where Sister Mary Euphrasia created in the mid-1800s the Good Shepherd network still present in more than 70 countries today.

Usually when one travels one has expectations. I have no idea what to expect. So in place of expectations, I come to Angers with questions.

  • How will I be able to translate my experience in Angers to our moms and children, our Board, our staff, our donors?
  • How will it strengthen my bonds with my other mission partners and their organizations? With my colleague from Good Shepherd Shelter of Los Angeles?
  • What will it mean to be immersed in the life and mission of Sr. Mary Euphrasia?
  • What will it mean for me personally? How will I be changed?
  • How can I overcome my limitations in executing the mission, and exude my "inner spark"?
  • I am going from Angers to Israel to celebrate Passover with my family. How will my experiences in Angers color how I see the story of liberation, which is at the heart of Passover?

My pilgrimage is largely an act of faith. I was invited, I was  told this would be a meaningful experience, and so I am going.

      -Mark A. Rothman, CEO