Ten facts you should know about the Good Sams
Some Good Sams at work
- The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan is the first religious congregation to be founded in Australia.
- They are affectionately known as the Good Sams.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Sister of Charity, Mother Scholastica Gibbons, was their first leader.
- They were invited to bring healing and education to the people of Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb.
- Men, as well as women, can become part of the Good Sam family by becoming oblates.
- 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.
- From the beginning they were given a broad mandate to respond to whatever was the social and spiritual need of the time.