November 2011


Remembering families on the land

It was about two years ago while visiting a friend in Melbourne that Good Samaritan Sister, Margaret Mithen stumbled upon a community outreach initiative she felt compelled to support.

New oblates to be welcomed

During a liturgy on Saturday, November 12, at Mount St Benedict Chapel, Pennant Hills, in Sydney, six women and one man, all from NSW, will be received as Oblates of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Good Sam Foundation Christmas Appeal launched

Over 130 people attended a Melbourne Cup fundraising event in Brisbane recently (November 1) to kick-start the 2011 Christmas Appeal for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation.

Musings of a Leader

Crises and opportunities

“We are witnesses of a new global world emerging and one which is being confronted by a number of ongoing events which can generally be identified as ‘crises’,” writes Clare Condon SGS.


Japanese sisters recount the road of conversion

The “National Catholic Reporter’s” Joshua McElwee recently spoke to two Japanese Good Samaritan Sisters about their journeys from Buddhism to Catholicism.


Move over fight and flight

Don’t we all miss out when women’s experience is ignored, asks Patty Fawkner SGS.

Is your Catholic identity being stolen?

“Identity theft is a major crime around the world. In a strangely analogous way, there is concern growing that forces mysterious may even be stealing our Catholic identity. If we had to report such a theft, how would we describe our loss,” asks Garry Everett.


A heart for the poor

Despite the presence of many long-established religious orders in the Philippines, it’s interesting that Germia Tocama chose to join the Australian-founded Good Samaritan Sisters.

Faith in the Ordinary

Discovering again a language that is accessible

“In over 20 years of working with young people on retreats, I have discovered several things that both lift me up with great joy and other things that leave me somewhat dismayed,” writes Paul O’Shea.

Being Just Neighbours

A peep into my past

Looking back on her 30-year ministry with people on the fringes of life, Good Samaritan Sister, Pauline Fitz-Walter shares some of her insights.

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