February 2020

Fires, floods and the season of Lent are inextricably linked

For the sake of humanity and our planet, we cannot allow personally, communally, nationally or globally, to return to situation normal, writes Patty Fawkner. It was early February 1984. The Grade 5 teacher came into the staff room harrumphing: “I’m trying to teach the kids about Lent and all they

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What does it mean to be a Good Samaritan?

When Archbishop John Bede Polding founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan on February 2, 1857 he chose this name because he firmly believed that their work was about being...

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Green shoots bring healing and hope

As Ash Wednesday approaches, may we take a moment to contemplate our intimate connectedness to all of creation, to all of humanity and to the land, writes Monica Dutton. As...

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May we act always with compassion in the service of the sick

The outbreak of the coronavirus reminds us how fragile and interdependent our societies are, and how quickly the ‘better angels of our nature’ can take flight, writes Evan Ellis. The...

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Sisters farewelled from St Mary's College Wollongong

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan were lovingly farewelled from St Mary’s Star of the Sea College in Wollongong, NSW, recently, bringing to completion 146 years of faithful service to...


Ongoing formation a priority at every stage of Good Sams' journey

One of the great challenges in modern religious life is how we best support one another as we grow into community and ministry life. In January this year, Sisters of...


WA communities turn out to celebrate Good Samaritans

The population of the West Australian gold-mine towns of Mt Magnet, Meekatharra and Cue might be small, but there was a strong turnout from across the community recently to celebrate...


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