Sister Jean Marie's ministry of presence

Blog Published: July 17, 2017
By Sister Maxine

A Nun's Life had the privilege to sit down with Sister Jean Marie Fernandez, RGS, and talk with her about how she lives out the life and mission of her community, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

A Nun's Life: How are you a good shepherd to others?

Sister Jean Marie: Currently, my ministry is working with the homeless population in San Francisco. I work as a counselor and case manager at the drop-in center, where we have about 70 men and women who are guests. We call them guests, not clients. So my work with them is “presence”—a presence of healing, a presence of serenity, a human contact with those who are isolated, stigmatized, invisible in society. Healing, reconciliation, and the dignity of a human person—are very key to our charism. One soul is more precious than the whole world, so I take that value into my ministries, in my current ministry, and wherever I go.

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Learn more about Sister Jean Marie's community by visiting the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

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