December 2011


New members of Good Samaritan Education commissioned

Good Samaritan Education, a new Church entity established to oversee the canonical governance of the Good Samaritan Congregation’s ten colleges, was launched recently.

Brisbane sister honoured for anti-slavery work

Brisbane-based Good Samaritan Sister, Pauline Coll has received a national award for her distinctive contribution and commitment to the fight against human trafficking, slavery and forced labour.

Sisters join forces to strengthen ATSI ministries

A new partnership is being forged between the Sisters of St Joseph, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the Sisters of Mercy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples to strengthen their commitment to ministry with ATSI peoples.

Musings of a Leader

Seeing Christmas in its proper context

The Christmas story is a reflection of our own story where we all strive in some way or another to be born into the fullness of life, writes Clare Condon SGS.


Good summer reads for the mind and spirit

In this our last edition for 2011, “The Good Oil” invited ten people – some of our readers and some who have written for us this year – to nominate a book they particularly enjoyed and would recommend to others over the summer period.


Reflecting on Quentin Dempster’s “The Right to Die”

In November 2011 the ABC’s “7.30 NSW” program produced a story entitled “The Right to Die”. It was compelling television, including an interview with a well-educated MS sufferer, Loredana Alessio-Mulhall who pleaded for the right to die, writes Frank Brennan SJ.


A passionate believer in the power of education

For Kay Herse, education enables people to engage with the mysteries of life, to ask the questions that need asking about the way things are and, as a result, to contribute to the building of a more just, compassionate and peaceful world.

Faith in the Ordinary

Christmas down under

Perhaps as a nation come of age, and as a people whose many citizens originate from climes other than northern Europe, it is time for us to claim new images in our celebration of the seasons of Advent and Christmas, writes Patty Fawkner SGS.

Being Just Neighbours

“Schoolies week” takes a new direction

“Schoolies Week” is rarely seen in a positive light by those looking on. But some “schoolies”, including 12 students from Good Samaritan Schools in NSW, have chosen an alternate way to celebrate their end of school life.

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