The Sisters of the Good Samaritan and Rosebank College, Five Dock in Sydney are both celebrating significant milestones in 2017. It’s 160 years since the congregation was founded and 150 years since Rosebank College began.
On a recent visit to Australia to celebrate her golden jubilee as a Sister of the Good Samaritan, Sister Yoshi Suzukawa, from Japan, said she clearly remembered the first time she ever saw a Catholic religious sister.
Good Samaritan Sister Mary O’Shannassy of Melbourne was among the 958 people recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Mary was awarded an Order of the Australia Medal (OAM) for her “service to the community through church and social welfare bodies”.
Over 200 people from diverse walks of life came together in Sydney last month to witness and celebrate the perpetual profession of Sister Sarah Puls as a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict.
The first female Aboriginal student sponsored by the Good Samaritan Sisters’ Rural Outreach program has graduated after completing Year 12 at Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton, Western Australia.
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Volunteers have been integral to the life of the Good Samaritan Inn in Melbourne ever since it opened its doors 20 years ago to support women and children in need. At a special event last month, over 50 volunteers were honoured for their commitment and service to The Inn.
Sydney-siders or those visiting Sydney later this month will have the opportunity to participate in the popular Advent Festival of Readings and Songs hosted by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in their Mount St Benedict Centre Chapel, Pennant Hills.
More than 80 people from across Australia, and internationally from Japan, Kiribati and the Philippines, came together recently for a gathering to deepen their understanding of the Good Samaritan Benedictine charism and to explore ways to carry that charism into the future.
Sister Anne Dixon left Australia nearly four years ago to live and work among some of the poorest people of Bacolod in the Philippines. For Anne, it’s been a life-giving experience, but that’s not to say she doesn’t find life there difficult, frustrating and even disturbing at times.
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