September 2015

News

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Mater Dei goes solar

Mater Dei School for children with special needs in Camden, NSW, is the latest in a growing number of Good Samaritan Education schools to embrace solar power so as to reduce their electricity costs and their carbon footprint.

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New executive director for Good Sam Education

The Governing Council of Good Samaritan Education, the ecclesial community established in 2011 to oversee the ethos, mission and stewardship of the ten incorporated Good Samaritan Colleges, has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director.

Musings of a Leader

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Compassion that is true and substantive

I believe we need to seriously depth our understanding of what a compassionate response to the Syrian crisis really means, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Feature

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Sabbath making

One in four of us will experience a mental illness at some stage in our lives. In the following poem, Good Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento reflects on “the turbulence that cuts the client off from making Sabbath and traps them in their agitated minds”.

Opinion

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Asking RU OK could make all the difference

Are you okay? I remember the first time a colleague asked me that question, about five years ago on RU OK day. I replied with a breezy, “Yes thanks, I’m fine” – but it was a lie, writes Moira Byrne Garton.

Profile

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Providing hope and support for thousands of women

Former Stella Maris College student Krystal Barter says she had a typical, “idyllic” upbringing, except for one thing – many of the women in her family, including her Mum and her Nan, had been diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer.

Faith in the Ordinary

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How life can change in a minute or less

Who am I five years on from being diagnosed with a brain tumour, asks Good Samaritan Sister Margaret Keane. I am not the same. And yet, in essence, I am the same.

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A fundamental gesture of faith, hope and love

Baptism acknowledges our primal dignity as God’s good creation, and gives us our identity – heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven, writes Margaret-Mary Flynn.

Being Just Neighbours

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The cost of nuclear power

It’s hard to believe, but in the same week that Japan remembered the horrors of the 1945 nuclear bombings, and only four-and-a-half-years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese Government restarted the country’s nuclear power program, writes Good Samaritan Sister Haruko Morikawa.

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Greatest fault in being human

“I stare at the TV numb to the soul; so much hurt and anger in this world we call a home. A little boy washed ashore, his life is at its end; and I have been shaken to the core.” Ellie Betteridge-Garvey’s song lyrics capture the sentiments of millions of …

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