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Fundamentalism: a threatening global reality

18 April 2017

In this special feature, internationally respected anthropologist and theologian Father Gerry Arbuckle analyses the global reality of fundamentalism. He says: “The disturbing fact is that every individual and culture is capable of fundamentalist attitudes and actions”.

Appreciating the gift of those who walk with us

18 April 2017

Monica Dutton reviews the newly-released book “The Attachment: Letters from a most unlikely friendship” – between a writer and an 80-year-old Catholic priest, both of whom have written for “The Good Oil”.

“Lucky to have been influenced by strong women”

18 April 2017

Former Mount St Benedict College student, Julie Knutsen, now an academic, educator, researcher and artist, is hoping to introduce a program to Australia which improves children’s literacy through art.

New chapter for Mount St Benedict Centre

18 April 2017

When Good Samaritan Sisters Elizabeth Brennan and Christine Manning look back on their time at the Mount St Benedict Centre in Pennant Hills, it is with deep gratitude for the people they met and the partnerships they forged over the years.

Celebrating 25 years’ service in multicultural health

18 April 2017

Serving the community is a significant part of the life of religious sisters, but it’s not often you meet a sister who works as a public servant for government. Recently, Good Samaritan Sister Catherine Norman retired after 25 years of public service with the Hunter New England Area Health Service.

How are things in Glocca Morra?

18 April 2017

Home is our sanctuary, our safe haven, our Glocca Morra, writes Roisin Kelly. But what about those fleeing war-torn countries like Syria? Where is their home?

Leave the empty tomb behind

18 April 2017

A poem for Easter week from Good Samaritan Sister Pam Grey.

Good Samaritan Sisters launch young writers’ award

21 March 2017

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of their life and mission as the first Catholic congregation of religious women founded in Australia, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched “The Good Oil” 2017 Young Writers’ Award.

The Good Oil 2017 Young Writers’ Award

21 March 2017

Entries are now open for “The Good Oil” Young Writers’ Award, an initiative of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 2017 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of their life and mission as a Catholic congregation of religious women.

Are you buying slavery-free products?

21 March 2017

As more and more Australians hopefully choose to buy slavery-free Easter eggs this year, both shoppers and the Federal Government are being urged to broaden their focus and shine a light on the supply chain of many of the goods that we buy every day.