March 2011



New-look website and e-magazine

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched a new website this week which offers a window into the rich spirituality, life and mission of Australia’s first ‘home-grown’ religious congregation.


Remembering an educator par excellence

Family, friends, former colleagues and students gathered with Good Samaritan Sisters in Sydney recently to celebrate the life of Sr Mary Christopher Burrows SGS, remembering with gratitude her deep commitment to education and “single-hearted passion for Christ”.


Good Sam experiences of natural disasters

A series of natural disasters in January and February ravaged parts of Queensland and Victoria causing immense destruction and suffering for many, but thankfully, Good Samaritan Sisters and ministries in the affected areas have been relatively unscathed.

Musings of a Leader


Allowing the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ to coexist

The ‘new’ does not have to replace the ‘old’ totally. The ‘new’ can add another exciting dimension, another opportunity. So it is vital that the ‘old’ order can make room and be open to change itself, writes Clare Condon SGS.



Travelling to freedom

Our Lenten conversion, our return to grace, to recognising God’s love in ourselves and in the world, is a radical change that is not achieved by the wave of some magic wand, writes Verna Holyhead SGS.



Harmony Day calls us to be Good Samaritans

As we celebrate Harmony Day on March 21, a national initiative to celebrate our cultural diversity, Pauline Coll SGS suggests we look to the Parable of the Good Samaritan with its dangerous invitation to go to places beyond known frontiers.



Michelle Reid SGS: providing a safe haven for women

To celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011), Stephanie Thomas, speaks with a Good Samaritan Sister who spends her days providing a safe haven for women and children who find themselves homeless.

Faith in the Ordinary


We have forgotten how to wait

Waiting is not something many of us do well, writes Monica Dutton. The call to “trust in the slow work of God” is counter-cultural to the pace of life in the twenty-first century.

Being Just Neighbours


Cancun conference provides some hope

While not a perfect outcome, the building blocks for further global action were set in train at last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, says Good Samaritan Sister, Geraldine Kearney.

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