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What is the Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP)?

The Institute of the Good Shepherd, or Institutum a Bono Pastore (IBP), is a priestly institute (a “Society of apostolic life”) under Pontifical law, that is to say placed under the direct authority of the Holy See. It was founded on September 8, 2006 in Rome, and its Mother House is the parish of Saint-Eloi, in the center of Bordeaux.

Created at the instigation of Pope Benedict XVI, the IBP today brings together around 45 priests, serving around twenty dioceses, in France (Bordeaux, Chartres, Paris, Meaux, Le Mans, Marseille, etc.), in Poland (Warsaw, Częstochowa, Białystok), Colombia (Bogota), Brazil (Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Belém, Curitiba), Italy (Rome, Naples) and Uganda (Kampala). Its priests exercise their apostolate there within small communities, within the framework of personal or territorial parishes.

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