April 2011


Enormity of Japan disaster continues to unfold

One month after a massive magnitude nine earthquake and ten-metre high tsunami ravaged north-eastern Japan, the enormity of the tragedy continues to unfold. “The Good Oil” spoke recently to Good Samaritan Sister, Haruko Morikawa, about the situation.

Good Sams preparing for 25th chapter

Over 180 Sisters of the Good Samaritan will converge on Sydney this September for their congregation’s twenty-fifth chapter gathering, an important event in the life of a religious congregation.

Remarkable achievements of former Schol’s student

A former student of St Scholastica’s College Glebe in Sydney is one of three recipients of the 2010 Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize which recognises students who have overcome significant disadvantage to achieve outstanding results in the NSW High School Certificate.

Musings of a Leader

Colonisation still happening today

We need to come from a more humble stance of listening and responding rather than ruling and domineering, writes Clare Condon SGS.



In light of the many tragic events in our world – floods, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, civil wars and global unrest and suffering – is it possible to be truly joyful this Easter, asks Sonia Wagner SGS.


Hope and the cherry blossom

May our Christian resurrection hope be our way of ‘staying with’ the people of Japan long after the media withdraws their attention, writes Veronica Hoey SGS.


Helping the East Timorese on our behalf

It’s been 11 years since Good Samaritan Sister, Rita Hayes, first arrived in Timor Leste. A lot has happened in that time but Rita’s memories of those early days in the “war-devastated” capital, Dili, are firmly etched in her mind.

Faith in the Ordinary

All life is interconnected

Writing from the West Australian outback, Monica Sparks SGS invites us to reflect on the enormity and sacredness of our universe, our earth and our continent, and our place within them.

Being Just Neighbours

Can we open our hearts and minds?

We need to open our hearts and minds to the bigger story of asylum seekers in Australia and seek out information from a variety of informed sources, rather than accepting generalisations presented in our media, writes Sarah Puls SGS.

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