News and Events
Sister Clare Condon, Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, has won the 2013 Human Rights Medal.
An appeal launched by the Good Samaritan Sisters to assist victims of super Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged the Central Philippines last month has raised more than $25,000.
For Good Samaritan Sister, Mary Scanlon, a recent pilgrimage to Europe following in the footsteps of three “modern-day saints”, gave her time and space to reflect on an unexpected and dramatic change in her own life.
While the community of Good Samaritan Sisters in Bacolod City experienced some of Typhoon Haiyan’s strength, they were spared the extreme force that ravaged the Central Philippines.
It was a big weekend of prayer, thanksgiving and catching up with old friends when the Whyalla community and guests from near and far came together to farewell the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.
In her 17 years at St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Springwood in the Blue Mountains, Good Samaritan Sister, Monica Armstrong has never seen bushfires come as close to the school as they were last month.
Sydney Harbour, still bustling with a flotilla of tall ships and navy vessels from the International Fleet Review, was the stunning backdrop for the inaugural presentation of the Good Samaritan Foundation Scholarship.
Students and staff of Good Samaritan Colleges consistently say that immersion experiences enrich them. The recent immersion experience in Japan for staff was no exception.
They came from nearly every state and territory in Australia, and internationally, from the Philippines. Their life experiences varied, as did their ages. But they all came together with a common focus – a keen interest in the Good Samaritan charism.
Good Samaritan Sister Judith Souter took an unexpected trip to Palm Island recently, an experience she describes as mind-blowing and one which showed her yet again the power of art to reach across barriers.
Musings of a Leader
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.
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.
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.
As individuals we need to constantly offer an alternative to ugliness, darkness, hatred and violence, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.
I am utterly committed to the ongoing development of best practice in the protection of children and the prevention of abuse of children at every level within all Church structures, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.
Is the achievement of leadership in any sphere about warfare and a battle? Is this the only way people can become leaders in our society, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.
People who seek asylum are not ‘illegals’. They are human beings, just like you and me, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.
Servant leadership seeks to look beyond short-term satisfaction and immediate gratification towards the medium to long-term place of rightness and justice, writes Clare Condon SGS.
Perhaps a commitment to vowed life is more significant than ever before, suggests Clare Condon SGS.
To our shame, racial and ethnic discrimination occur on a daily basis here in Australia. Such racism and intolerance take many forms, writes Clare Condon SGS.
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.
In my life, angels have taught me the importance of just being with people, without expectation or judgement, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Sarah Puls.
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.
Volunteering quietly opens the door to another house, both in my neighbourhood and in my heart, that I might otherwise pass by, writes Alice Priest.
Rudd or Abbott? Post September 7 we will continue to discuss leaders and leadership because we are a species fascinated by leadership, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner.
Our need to engage with story is universal and enduring, and in essence, it is the medium that changes, rather than the message, writes Monica Dutton.
The issue of refugees is a divisive one in Australia. Debate is fierce. Opinions are loud. Policies change quickly. Pretty soon you can feel adrift in a sea of soundbites. And what of the refugees themselves?
Tanya Hosch, Deputy Campaign Director for the growing movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution, explains why recognition and removing discrimination from our national rule book matters to every Australian.
As Ailsa Piper grapples with sadness, she comes to see that this oft-suppressed emotion can be a gift.
In the spot where a front fence would be if we had one, stands a towering ghost gum. This beautiful tree, written in God’s sign language, has been my Lenten prayer, writes Judith Lynch.
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.
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.
Pope Francis alone can’t succeed; he wants the whole Church, all of us, to change in the ways he exhibits, says Garry Everett.
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.
Atheism shows us the log in our own eye, writes Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser.
We all judge those around us, but don’t judge until you know the whole truth, writes Taylor Mills.
I’m so grateful that there are places out there for women like me, who find themselves in a situation you’d never have believed you’d be in, writes Tamara.
There are only two forces in the Church that have the authority to make the changes necessary to banish sexual abuse: the Pope and an Ecumenical Council, writes Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.
Pope Francis’ words and actions are signs of some larger vision that will be revealed to us in due course, writes Garry Everett.
Don’t we all miss out when women’s experience is ignored, asks Patty Fawkner SGS.
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.
Good Samaritan Sister, Dolores Carroll, believes the key to a long, fulfilling life is study, travel and learning a new language.
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.
It was only when Good Samaritan Sister, Fran Nolan died that others discovered a treasure trove of her private mandala work, writes Debra Vermeer.
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.
“I’ve always worked with the marginalised,” says Cate Sydes. “I’ve always been drawn to kids and young people in need.”
Good Samaritan Sister, Mary O’Shannassy has worked in prison chaplaincy for 19 years. “The men tell me I’ve got life without parole,” she laughs.
While Penny Carroll’s experience of faith began in her childhood, she says it was a tragedy in her life that really led her to encounter God, writes Debra Vermeer.
Liz Byron and Hannah White are now a long way from Christmas Island, but it’s clear that Christmas Island remains very much part of both of them, writes Evan Ellis.
Good Samaritan Sister, Mary Adams, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 16. Anticipating this significant milestone, Bernardina Sontrop SGS caught up with Mary at her home in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.
Faith in the Ordinary
When we look at the world today, where is God calling us? What is God asking of us? Is God drawing us to something beyond ourselves, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Pam Grey.
Good Samaritan Sister, Joan Sexton reflects on the legacy of Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, who died in August this year.
We might have a wonderfully rich religious culture, but by and large, we have lost the key to it, writes Judith Lynch.
How can we pass on our Catholic spiritual heritage to young people and nurture their faith and spiritual life, asks Virginia Ryan.
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.
The experience of being taken out of our comfort zones enables us to know what it is like to be in the shoes of another, writes Edwina Butler.
Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to enter into it, asks Richard Rohr OFM.
Where is God in the mess and madness of my family, our Church and the world? There are many times when I’ve stood beside the tomb weeping; looking for God, writes Virginia Ryan.
We may not be on the frontline of fire fighting, or of flood cleaning, but we have daily opportunities of being on mission in our homes and neighbourhoods, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Margaret Keane.
From the idyllic scenes depicted in “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night”, twenty-first century technology has deleted the manger, the shepherds, the angels, the star, the kings and their gifts, writes Monica Dutton.
Being Just Neighbours
What is the proper role of people of faith in Australia in fighting climate change, asks Thea Ormerod.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Every Australian family is exposed to the possibility of their life being touched by disability, writes Tony Fitzgerald.
Have you found the meanness, fearfulness and negativity of our national political discourse soul-destroying, asks Sandie Cornish.
Outside a lepers’ colony in Navi Mumbai, India, is a small chapel. The diversity that exists amongst its visitors is what makes the chapel such a special place, writes Ashleigh Green.
The Australia Day long weekend had barely wrapped up – with leftovers uneaten, certificates of citizenship unmounted and sunburn still prosciutto pink – when Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a Federal election for September 14, writes Evan Ellis.
What was it about Jill Meagher that touched so many of us? The outpouring of emotion was genuine and intense. But why don’t we see similar displays for all female victims of violence, asks Shannon Smith.
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