Mission Statement  
of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd  
for the life and work in institutions of the
Province Austria-Switzerland-Czech Republic.

             “One person is of more value than the whole world.”
                               Foundress Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier


The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd is an international, apostolic institution.

Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, was the model for our foundress, Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. This biblical image reflects experiences people had with Jesus Christ: the experience of compassion, of being accepted and loved, of care for the individual in his/her uniqueness, and the experience of journeying together.

Our target groups originate from social realities which are continuously changing and to which we try to respond.

Our actions within the community of sisters and co-workers and in working within the different institutions derive from the following core values:

Human dignity The human person is created in God‟s image. We accept every human person in his/her uniqueness and regard each one with appreciation, openness and tolerance, irrespective of sex, skin, nationality, social background or religious belief.

Orientation towards Christian values In our institutions we create living conditions where people can experience security, trust and care. The goal of our actions is to enable people to experience joy in their lives and to give this joy to others. We expect that our co-workers share in carrying Christian core values and are „curious‟ about and open to them.

Resource responsibility Essential ideas of our work are the protection of creation and of our environment, self-help assistance, responsible handling of material resources and resources of personnel as well as fostering of individual strengths.

Taking action against marginalisation We focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ as a liberating message especially for the weak, the marginalized and suffering. This belief consequently leads us to social and political actions.

Professionalism We keep ourselves open for new insights and react in a flexible way to changing demands. We foster personal development and professional qualification of our sisters and co-workers through on-going formation, quality assurance and further development regarding the content of our work.

These values call for staying power, professionalism, idealism and trusting co-operation. We are challenged to put them into effect in our daily work.