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Persistence, setbacks and a community pulling together

Due to the collaborative efforts of many, the Good Samaritan Centre at Abaokoro, in Kiribati, will soon be sourcing its power from a new solar energy system. This is an exciting development, but it hasn’t been without its challenges.

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Good Sam leader to speak on violence at “RightsTalk”

Sanctioned violence: what does it do to our society and relationships? That’s the title of an address Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters, will deliver in Sydney next month.

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Good Sams open outreach centre in Bacolod

They may be small in number, but the community of Good Samaritan Sisters on Negros Island, the Philippines, continues to make a difference to the lives of many. Recently, this six-member group of women opened a new outreach centre in Bacolod.

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Young Pacific leaders call on Australia for support

Sister Geraldine Kearney is a passionate campaigner for the rights of Pacific nations vulnerable to climate change. But a recent visit to Canberra to lobby Australian politicians has made her “more determined to be part of their ongoing struggle”.

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Celebrating 100 years in Port Fairy

A celebration was held last month to acknowledge the century-long contribution of the Good Samaritan Sisters to the community of Port Fairy in south-western Victoria.

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I-Kiribati sister makes lifelong commitment

Sister Kakare Biita recently became the second I-Kiribati woman to make her lifelong commitment as a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict.

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“Jericho Journeys” hits the road

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched a new spirituality outreach project targeting rural Australian communities where Good Samaritan Sisters once lived and ministered. It’s called “Jericho Journeys”.

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Sisters gather to focus on future life and mission

Around 140 Sisters of the Good Samaritan from various parts of Australia, Kiribati, the Philippines, Japan and Timor Leste will converge on Sydney from April 22-24 for a special assembly to focus on their future life and mission as a religious congregation.

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A pilgrimage: every step along the way has meaning

For 12 days in April, 20 people from Good Samaritan Education journeyed together on a pilgrimage to Italy and England which immersed them in the history and spirituality of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition.

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Celebrating generations of women inspiring women

Former Lourdes Hill College pupil, Faye McLeod aka ‘Candy Devine’, inspired an audience of more than 300 women and girls (and a few men) during an International Women’s Day breakfast in Brisbane recently.

Musings of a Leader

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The legacies of Benedict and Polding

They might have lived in the fifth and nineteenth centuries, but the values that Benedict and Polding bequeathed to us are very relevant for twenty-first century Australian life, says Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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Will you help restore hope?

Upholding the basic human rights of asylum seekers and refugees calls for concerted action from all Australians who believe in a just and compassionate society says, Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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On making commitments

Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon, says her congregation’s recent assembly highlighted for her the power of a single voice and the importance of networking together.

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What are the pressing social needs of our time?

Who has a claim on our courage, compassion and commitment today in Australia, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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Inspiring change – for women and children

What sort of change do we long for here in our country and more broadly in our world, particularly for women and children, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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It’s time to recognise

Recognition is a profound and powerful concept. Every human being needs to be known, to be recognised, to be acknowledged as belonging, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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The sacredness of every child

This Christmas, instead of spending on trivia that we don’t really need, why not spend a little out of our excess to support one of the many agencies who support children, suggests Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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A rich and fulfilling life

Religious life is alive and well in the women and men who serve others with listening ears and a generosity of spirit, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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Peacemaking starts with us

Our world is in a sad and destructive state. Nation upon nation is in fear of one another. Can true peace ever reign, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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Seeking to bring beauty into being

As individuals we need to constantly offer an alternative to ugliness, darkness, hatred and violence, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

Feature

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My God-dream

I’m an ordinary sort of person and that’s how I find God; disguised in the ordinary of my life. That’s my vocation too – helping others to recognise God in their ordinary, writes Judith Lynch.

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Why would a woman…?

Good Samaritan Sisters, Sarah Puls and Bernadette Corboy, reflect on what religious life means to them. In doing so, they consider some of the questions for women today who might be thinking about religious life as a ‘Good Sam’.

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Permissable victims

Permissible victims are defined as those whose life and dignity is violated with very little notice, outrage or public protest, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner.

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Walking the talk: empowering indigenous students

In this SPECIAL FEATURE, which includes a photo gallery, Debra Vermeer explores how Good Samaritan Colleges in Australia are providing educational environments that nurture indigenous students and empower them to realise their goals.

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Celebrating the Paschal Triduum: ‘rehearsal’ for paschal living

Dare we let this year’s Paschal Triduum take us out of our comfort zone and send us on a risky journey to the peripheries, as Pope Francis would have it, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Margaret Smith.

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I believe in one wholely Catholic Church

In 2014 it’s not easy being Catholic. Perhaps the way forward is not to disavow our catholicity, but to truly claim it, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner.

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What’s spiritual direction all about?

What is spiritual direction and how does it help people? Debra Vermeer explores what it means with a few people who’ve experienced it first-hand.

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My year of leaning

To be human is to lean on, to allow ourselves to be leaned upon, and to lean towards the other, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner.

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You’re not alone, I’m with you

In my life, angels have taught me the importance of just being with people, without expectation or judgement, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Sarah Puls.

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What Thérèse and Joe have taught me about love

You can’t love a generic humanity while being indifferent to the family or community member who rubs up against you, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner.

Opinion

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The school chaplaincy debate, Benedict and me

St Benedict affirms for me the great value of one who humbly strives to live out the guiding values of the community and is a witness rather than an expert, writes Alice Priest.

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Where angels fear to tread

One of the significant and pressing pastoral theological issues currently dividing opinion among the hierarchy and among the laity of the Church, is the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics, and their access to eucharist, writes Garry Everett.

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Signs of hope in our Church and world?

When asked to name signs of hope in our Church and world, Good Samaritan Sister, Mary McDonald, saw very few in the Church, besides the “Francis factor”. So she began anew to seek them out.

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Religion, politics and the ‘consistent ethic of life’

We should question supposed Christian organisations concerned only with bioethical or so-called moral issues related to life, death and sexuality, without reference to equality, inclusion and a decent and meaningful existence throughout life, writes Moira Byrne Garton.

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A better way on asylum seekers

Is there a way through the present impasse on asylum seekers that is both humane and practicable, asks John Menadue AO.

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Gathering from the grassroots

The consultation process for the 2014 Synod on the Family deserves our close attention because it may become a model for future synods, says Garry Everett.

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Surprised by joy

Retired Bishop Pat Power says Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium”, is the most enriching and life-giving papal document he’s read since Vatican II.

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Remembering our family saints

In November the Church reminds us that each person’s life story doesn’t just begin at conception and end at death, but starts before they are born and goes on into eternity, writes Judith Lynch.

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A light in the Vatican window

Pope Francis alone can’t succeed; he wants the whole Church, all of us, to change in the ways he exhibits, says Garry Everett.

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Dying of wounds from a war she never saw

The woman in the pink dress gazed with loving concentration at her baby, urging her, willing her to live, to take another breath, writes Donna Mulhearn.

Profile

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Doing what she loves and helping others

Former Lourdes Hill College student, Janella Purcell feels like “the luckiest girl in the world” that her life as a naturopath, healer, author and media personality allows her not only to do what she loves, but be able to help others.

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A ‘Martha’ ministry

Good Samaritan Sister, Elizabeth Delaney, sees her ministry as being a ‘Martha’ ministry, one of service, and one that has the potential to see justice served and broken lives restored.

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How a kindergarten teacher inspired a student

Helen Chiha has never forgotten her kindergarten teacher, Good Samaritan Sister Colleen Leonard. Not only that, she says Colleen inspired her to become an early primary school teacher herself and to branch out into children’s book writing.

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Living life to the full

Former Santa Maria College student, Joan Corfee, finds herself standing at the interface of Church and world – looking in at the Church through the eyes of the marginalised and out to the world with a Catholic spirit.

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Seeing the need and not passing by

At 94 and 86 years old respectively, Good Samaritan Sisters, Mary Constable and Marie McMahon say they begin each day not knowing who will arrive at their front door or what the day will bring, and that’s exactly how they like it.

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Politics a way of giving action to faith

Newly elected Senator for NSW, Deborah O’Neill, says politics is a way of giving action to her faith, and of making a difference to her local community and to the lives of individuals who lack a voice.

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Adventure continues at 100

Good Samaritan Sister, Dolores Carroll, believes the key to a long, fulfilling life is study, travel and learning a new language.

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How a chance meeting opened up a new ministry

While the Good Samaritan Sisters in Pakenham, Victoria say they’re helping their African friends with many aspects of life in Australia, they’re also learning a great deal from them.

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Fran’s artistic and spiritual legacy

It was only when Good Samaritan Sister, Fran Nolan died that others discovered a treasure trove of her private mandala work, writes Debra Vermeer.

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City dweller makes home in QLD outback

For Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Pattinson, a self-confessed extrovert who’s lived in the city for 40 years, coming to terms with the isolation of a ministry in western Queensland can be challenging, but she says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Faith in the Ordinary

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A pilgrim reflects

Good Samaritan schools are built on a solid foundation of Benedictine values, witnessed by the practical energy and action of the Good Samaritan Sisters, writes Mark Askew.

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Struggling with the “genuine vs fake” religious debate

After struggling with various aspects of Marian theology over the years, along with a number of dubious claims around apparitions and healings, I found myself to be a somewhat reluctant starter for the visit to Meryemana, writes Monica Dutton.

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My father picked wildflowers in Palestine

As we commemorate Easter and ANZAC Day, Good Samaritan Sister, Pam Grey, shares a poem about one of her father’s ‘lighter’ war stories.

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My spiky visitor

We all have some echidna-like characteristics. When we sense that our vulnerability is in danger, something akin to fear rushes to the surface and we respond by raising a spike or two, writes Judith Lynch.

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What does it mean to be “hugged by God”?

“Last year I understood in a deep way what it is to be ‘hugged’ by God. I was diagnosed with serious illness. It happened very suddenly and I had no experience to help me cope,” writes Margaret Walsh.

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An Emmanuel moment

God is breaking through, inviting you and me to open our ears, eyes and hearts to bring about God’s reign, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Pam Grey.

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A tribute to Seamus Heaney

Good Samaritan Sister, Joan Sexton reflects on the legacy of Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, who died in August this year.

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When the ordinary becomes extraordinary

We might have a wonderfully rich religious culture, but by and large, we have lost the key to it, writes Judith Lynch.

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How do we pass on our faith to young people?

How can we pass on our Catholic spiritual heritage to young people and nurture their faith and spiritual life, asks Virginia Ryan.

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The spirituality of welcoming

Perhaps we human beings trip ourselves up when we try to get ahead of God and judge who are worthy of welcome or not, writes Pam Grey SGS.

Being Just Neighbours

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On friendship

Good Samaritan Sister, Pam Grey, asks: What does ‘asylum’ mean, if not something of friendship? What is friendship, if not sanctuary for the soul?

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Nothing to fear from refugees and asylum seekers

Thirty years from now, an Australian prime minister will rise in the parliament and offer an apology to refugees and asylum seekers and their families for the damage that is being done to them today, says Phil Glendenning.

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Enough of institutionalised cruelty say Oz Bishops

Australia’s Catholic Bishops have made an urgent plea for a respect for the rights of asylum seekers, not only in Government circles but in the Australian community more broadly.

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Why we felt compelled to act

If you thought your government was perpetrating evil, how far would you be willing to go to stop them, ask Donna Mulhearn and Justin Whelan.

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A family experience of the Good Samaritan

The story of the compassion and support received by my family from the Good Samaritan Sisters during a very difficult time has been passed down through the generations, and has never been forgotten, writes Monica Dutton.

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Our role disentangling society from fossil fuels

What is the proper role of people of faith in Australia in fighting climate change, asks Thea Ormerod.

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One generation of educated girls is a revolution

I realised anew that day the power of education, not just in the life of one individual girl, but to break entire cycles of poverty, writes Melinda Tankard Reist.

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It’s 40 years since White Australia ended

The last vestiges of the White Australia policy were removed on September 17, 1973. Have we as a nation evolved much since then, asks Moira Byrne Garton.

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Holding on to hope

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but I’m tired and I’m frustrated, and I’m struggling to find hope for a way forward regarding Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Sarah Puls.

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War and peace within and beyond

Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner, reflects on a book that “expounds a profound teaching on peace-making that is as applicable to interpersonal tussles as it is to any global hostility”.

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