On the 24th of April, Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Myanmar celebrated the twenty-five years of their presence in Hopin, Mohnyin parish, Myitkyina Diocese. It was also the feastday of St. Mary Euphrasia.
The silver Jubilee is celebrated in a simple manner as an expression of the spirit of solidarity with the people of Myanmar who are going through the political crisis. In spite of the tragic situation, the Good Shepherd family celebrated the faithfulness of God for the people of Kachin in Hopin.
In the early 1994, Bishop Paul Grawng, the Bishop of Myitkyina diocese invited the Good Shepherd Sisters to open a house in Hopin in order to accompany women and girls who came to work in jade mines. On the 25th of March 1997, Sisters Monica James, Julia Sein, Assumpta Shwe and Veronica Anthony -served as the community leader-came to live in Hopin as a new community. Sisters travelled by train, using all means of communication tools to connect with the local peoples since most of them speak their own dialect. After the process of preparation, new community was officially opened with the blessing of ten priests on 26 April 1998.
Along the journey of the 25 years, the Good Shepherd Mission have been served children and adolescents in formal and informal education, such as, vocational training, children sponsorship program, psychosocial and psychospiritual support, child protection, parenting and pastoral care.
The Mission touched the lives of the local people in collaboration with the local church and it has been 25th years already. All the things that the Good Shepherd Sisters have been doing are marked in the hearts of the Kachin people with gratitude. In turn, the Good Shepherd Sisters also give thanks to God for all that God has been doing through all our friends and benefactors.