December 2014



Good Sam appointed to national ecumenical role

Good Samaritan Sister Elizabeth Delaney has been appointed General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), an ecumenical organisation that brings together a number of Australia’s Christian churches in dialogue and practical cooperation.


Good Sams feature in new book

“Perfect Charity – Women Religious Living the Spirit of Vatican II” is a new book that documents the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the lives of 14 Australian nuns, two of whom are Good Samaritan Sisters.

Musings of a Leader


Joy arises from deep within

Pope Francis, in announcing the Year of Consecrated Life, is calling on religious women and men to “wake up the world” with a spirit of hope and peace, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.



Summer books for the mind and spirit

In this our last edition for 2014, “The Good Oil” invited some of our readers to nominate a book they particularly enjoyed and would recommend to others for the summer holidays. Check out their list of books for the mind and spirit.


For the best

“The Good Oil” is delighted to publish a short story written by Isabella Brown, a Year 12 student from St Scholastica’s College, Glebe. Isabella’s poignant piece earned her first place in the 2014 Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Award.



Moving beyond ignorance through shared stories

Are you one of the six in ten Australians who have never really encountered Aboriginal Australia? Moira Byrne Garton reviews SBS TV’s recent participant documentary “First Contact”, and admits she watched it with “some trepidation”.



“One wild and precious life”

Kiribati woman Claire Anterea may not be a Good Samaritan Sister anymore, but she’s “still a Good Samaritan in some way or another, no matter what”.

Faith in the Ordinary


The contradictions of Advent

For more years than I like to recall, the liturgical seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter have exerted a kind of push-pull in me, something like theology versus society, or Church versus ‘the world’, writes Judith Lynch.

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