August 2014



How does sanctioned violence affect you?

Did you miss Sister Clare Condon’s recent “RightsTalk” address at the Australian Human Rights Commission? A podcast and transcript are now available online.


Schol’s graduate to head Pacific Islands Forum

Dame Meg Taylor, a former student of St Scholastica’s College, Glebe, in Sydney, has been appointed Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum and is the first woman to be selected for this leadership role.

Musings of a Leader


Let’s listen more intently to young people

May we older Australians find new ways to listen more intently to the aspirations of our younger generations, says Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.



Now is our time to return something to the earth

When our actions deplete or lead to the destruction of species, surely we need to pause, says Good Samaritan Sister, Catherine McCahill.



The memory keeper’s lament

With her “memory keeper” as guide, Good Samaritan Sister, Marie Casamento, takes us on a journey to Auschwitz, to Gaza, to Hiroshima, to My Lai, on the high seas, and to the sunflower fields of Torez.


“Seek peace and pursue it” (Ps 34:14)

Sion Sister, Mary Reaburn asks: what can give rise to hope in the seemingly hopeless situation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?



Supporting isloated communities in WA’s wheatbelt

Debra Vermeer recently caught up with the Good Sam Rural Outreach Team, a “faith-filled” and “committed” band of women who are supporting small, isolated communities in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt Region.

Being Just Neighbours


Having places where you are welcomed and belong

The recent media reports surrounding the circumstances of infant Gammy are heart-rending. So it’s good to know that there are communities like L’Arche, which embrace and value people with disabilities, writes Moira Byrne Garton.

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