April 2013



Germia makes life commitment to Good Sams

For Good Samaritan Sister, Germia Tocama, last Saturday, April 13, was “one of the greatest days” of her life. Germia made her perpetual profession as a Sister of the Good Samaritan, the second Filipina woman to do so.


Are you looking for more in your life?

Are you a young woman searching for something more in life? Do you want to contribute to enhancing the lives of others? Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want a deeper relationship with God? Then read on.

Musings of a Leader


Is vowed religious life relevant today?

Perhaps a commitment to vowed life is more significant than ever before, suggests Clare Condon SGS.



The gift of sadness

As Ailsa Piper grapples with sadness, she comes to see that this oft-suppressed emotion can be a gift.



Move over fight and flight

Don’t we all miss out when women’s experience is ignored, asks Patty Fawkner SGS.



A pastoral heart

Good Samaritan Sister, Mary Adams, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 16. Anticipating this significant milestone, Bernardina Sontrop SGS caught up with Mary at her home in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.


An oasis of peace, calm and spiritual nurturing

Behind the imposing brick walls of the Mount St Benedict Centre at Pennant Hills in Sydney, just a stone’s throw from traffic chaos, is a beautiful oasis of peace, calm and spiritual nurturing, writes Debra Vermeer.

Faith in the Ordinary


Finding God in the depths of silence

Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to enter into it, asks Richard Rohr OFM.

Being Just Neighbours


Changing our national conversation

Have you found the meanness, fearfulness and negativity of our national political discourse soul-destroying, asks Sandie Cornish.

What's on


Find out what's happening in the Good Samaritan community and beyond. Keep track of events in our Good Samaritan and Church calendars, as well as activities in the broader community of relevance to our faith life.