April 2015



St Pat’s celebrating 175 years of education

St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown in NSW, the oldest Catholic independent school in Australia, which also has a long and strong connection with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, is this year celebrating its 175th anniversary.


A future for religious life?

Religious life will survive into the future as people continue to search for ways to seek God and help their neighbour, but what it will look like is uncertain, said Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon, at a Sydney forum to mark the Year of Consecrated Life.

Musings of a Leader


Unearthing the underlying causes of drug abuse

Why do an estimated 1.3 million Australians use the drug ice? And why does Australia have one of the highest rates of drug abuse in the world, asks Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.



Traditioning: women passing on the story

As the years have rolled on I have asked myself whether traditioning is the matter that we teach, or is it more passing on who we are, writes Judith Lynch.


Memories are strange things

As Mother’s Day approaches, Good Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento dedicates a reflection to all mothers who have lost a child through death, illness or separation, and for all children who have lost a mother.



Why do the bagpipes stir our soul?

As we commemorate ANZAC Day, Good Samaritan Sister Pam Grey shares one of her poems. The daughter of a World War II veteran, Pam says “it is a day with very mixed and alternating emotions for returned service people”.


Forgotten warriors

An article published in “The Good Oil” last year inspired Colleen Keating of Sydney to write a poem which encourages us to remember and recognise all our ’warriors’.



Living a life of service to others

Good Samaritan Sister Felicity Hardy’s work in the Philippines has manifested her dream to be of service to others. The experience has also enriched her life in many ways, writes Asther Bascuna-Creo.

Faith in the Ordinary


A reasonable question?

If the physical universe is governed by forces, then it might seem reasonable to ask if the non-physical – the spiritual reality – is also governed by forces, writes Garry Everett.

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