June 2016



Iran experience “an opportunity of a lifetime”

Many women might feel a little daunted by the prospect of travelling solo to Iran to participate in an international, inter-religious dialogue among mostly male Muslim scholars and Benedictine monks; but not so for Brisbane Good Samaritan Sister Lorraine Victorsen.


Celebrating 25 “Spirit-driven” years in Kiribati

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan marked 25 years of presence and ministry in Kiribati recently, with a joy-filled Mass and traditional community celebration, a Botaki, at South Tarawa in the tiny Pacific island nation.

Musings of a Leader


Moving beyond “what’s in it for me?”

Two weeks out from a Federal election, may we all weigh up what is most important and precious to us as a people and as residents of this earth, says Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.



Do we need women deacons?

Why ordain women as deacons to stand forever on the first rung of the hierarchical clerical ladder, asks Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald.


It’s time to draw the line: justice in the Timor Sea

It is amazing that Australian tax-payers’ money is being used to fight a small neighbour over where the fence-line should be. And it’s a bit of a laugh that with all the talk about “border protection”, there isn’t a border between Australia and Timor, says Josephite Sister Susan Connelly.



Good Samaritan for life

Two little girls from Sudan have reminded Sister Mary Randle why, after 50 years, she is still a Sister of the Good Samaritan, writes Peter Bugden.

Faith in the Ordinary


One vote is all we have

With the Federal election looming in Australia, Good Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento offers us all – but particularly politicians, candidates and voters – a prayerful poem to ponder.

Being Just Neighbours


Laudato Si’ continues to inspire

It’s a year since Pope Francis’ ground-breaking encyclical “Laudato Si” was released. Catholic Earthcare Australia’s Tess Corkish outlines the impact of the Pope’s eco-manifesto, particularly here in Australia.

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