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