June 2012


Conservation covenant for Camden land

As a result of a formal agreement between the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the NSW Minister for the Environment, 26 hectares of the sisters’ historic Mater Dei property near Camden in south-west Sydney have been declared a “biobank” site.

Running for a cause

Good Samaritan Sister, Anne Dixon, will be among the thousands of Victorians participating in next month’s ‘fun run’ event, RunMelbourne. Like many of the other entrants, Anne, 55, is an avid runner and supporter of good causes.

Port Lincoln and Abaokoro communities forge links

A group of parishioners from St Mary of the Angels Catholic community in Port Lincoln, South Australia, have responded wholeheartedly to the question posed by the lawyer to Jesus: “who is my neighbour?” (Luke 10:25-29).

Musings of a Leader

The Vatican, LCWR and dialogue

With Pope Paul VI and St Benedict, our Church leaders have two excellent examples of how to engage in true dialogue with the people of God and with society, writes Clare Condon SGS.


A letter to mother Church from a Gen X-er

Sydney-based religious educator, Alice Priest, writes a letter to her Church to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.


Sex sells, but we’re selling out our children

Ever feel like you’re living in a giant porn theme park, asks Canberra-based writer, speaker and advocate, Melinda Tankard Reist.


Sharing with others what she has been given

Joining the Good Samaritan Sisters probably seemed, to some, a logical step for Melbourne-born, Judith Foster. After all, she’d been educated by the sisters throughout her school years and knew them well. But in the early 1960s, the young Judith was contemplating a few vocational options.

Faith in the Ordinary


“Why is a word God gave us by mistake,” wrote the poet Piotr Rawicz. But when death cleaves, we stand together stunned and someone will surely ask, “Why?” writes Pam Grey SGS.

Being Just Neighbours

Duty of care: the law and the parable

‘Duty of care’ is an expression most would be familiar with; most however, would not be aware of how a woman drinking ginger beer in a Scottish café in 1928 would impact the meaning and reach of that term, writes Michael Sinclair.

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