Ten facts you should know about the Good Sams

Some Good Sams at work

  1. The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan is the first religious congregation to be founded in Australia.
  2. They are affectionately known as the Good Sams.
  3. They try and bring Jesus’ vision of compassion and justice to people in cities, villages and remote rural areas in five different countries: Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Kiribati.
  4. The sources for their spirituality are the Gospel, the Rule of St Benedict, and the energetic, inclusive love of their founder Archbishop John Bede Polding.
  5. The Good Sams live a rich prayer life. They pray the morning and evening prayer of the Church and engage in lectio divina, an ancient way of praying with the Scriptures.
  6. A Sister of Charity, Mother Scholastica Gibbons, was their first leader.
  7. They were invited to bring healing and education to the people of Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb.
  8. Men, as well as women, can become part of the Good Sam family by becoming oblates.
  9. The Good Sams are a diverse group of women. You’ll find them relaxing in different ways – by watching football, attending a symphony concert, bush-walking, enjoying the beach.
  10. From the beginning they were given a broad mandate to respond to whatever was the social and spiritual need of the time.