June 2020

Embracing life’s givens with solidarity and compassion

In the face of searing unfairness, we embrace injustice by working for justice, we embrace the painful realities of life by digging deeper for hope, writes Sister Patty Fawkner SGS.

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Life to the Full: stories of infertility, faith and a hope-filled future

In this new book by Debra Vermeer, we encounter the stories of seven couples as, guided by faith, they navigate the struggles of infertility to find fulfilment, writes Virginia Knight.

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Phone ban will deprive refugees of a lifeline to the outside world

A move by the Australian Government to introduce legislation allowing the seizure of mobile phones from people held in immigration detention centres is unnecessary and cruel, according to refugee advocates.

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Responding to the call to care for adults and children at risk

For the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, creating a safe environment for all, especially children and adults at risk, is at the heart of who they are, writes Debra Vermeer.

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‘Fencebook’ becomes a neighbourhood hub for families

A shy foray by Good Samaritan Oblate Helen Smith into cheering up those in her neighbourhood during the COVID-19 lockdown period by creating a ‘Fencebook’ community library is bringing joy.


Appeal to help provide emergency food relief in the Philippines

The Good Samaritan Foundation has launched an appeal to raise funds for immediate emergency relief for poor communities in the Philippines who are at risk of starvation because of COVID-19.


Shutdown a chance to do things differently at Santa Maria College

The importance of nurturing connectedness and hope during challenging times were two of the key lessons learned by staff and students at Santa Maria College in Melbourne during the pandemic.


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