April 2017


New chapter for Mount St Benedict Centre

When Good Samaritan Sisters Elizabeth Brennan and Christine Manning look back on their time at the Mount St Benedict Centre in Pennant Hills, it is with deep gratitude for the people they met and the partnerships they forged over the years.

Celebrating 25 years’ service in multicultural health

Serving the community is a significant part of the life of religious sisters, but it’s not often you meet a sister who works as a public servant for government. Recently, Good Samaritan Sister Catherine Norman retired after 25 years of public service with the Hunter New England Area Health Service.

Musings of a Leader

Engaging in science-religion dialogue

Science and religion are separate and distinct disciplines, but surely we must learn from the engagement of one discipline with the other, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.


Fundamentalism: a threatening global reality

In this special feature, internationally respected anthropologist and theologian Father Gerry Arbuckle analyses the global reality of fundamentalism. He says: “The disturbing fact is that every individual and culture is capable of fundamentalist attitudes and actions”.


Appreciating the gift of those who walk with us

Monica Dutton reviews the newly-released book “The Attachment: Letters from a most unlikely friendship” – between a writer and an 80-year-old Catholic priest, both of whom have written for “The Good Oil”.


“Lucky to have been influenced by strong women”

Former Mount St Benedict College student, Julie Knutsen, now an academic, educator, researcher and artist, is hoping to introduce a program to Australia which improves children’s literacy through art.

Faith in the Ordinary

Leave the empty tomb behind

A poem for Easter week from Good Samaritan Sister Pam Grey.

Being Just Neighbours

How are things in Glocca Morra?

Home is our sanctuary, our safe haven, our Glocca Morra, writes Roisin Kelly. But what about those fleeing war-torn countries like Syria? Where is their home?

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