October 2020

Applications invited for Study and Mentoring (SAM) Leadership Program

Since its foundation and throughout its 163-year history, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Congregation has been committed to the flourishing of women. The Sisters have educated girls and women from pre-school to tertiary levels. They also have been engaged in adult education and adult faith formation.

Not only have they educated women, they have companioned them as mentors, counsellors, spiritual directors and simply as friends.

The Sisters recognise the need for women’s leadership within the Church for only when women contribute their experience and wisdom can the Church truly fulfil God’s mission. The Church suffers when women’s gifts are not called upon.

In his prayer intention for this month, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that women be given greater leadership roles in the Church. “Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church … We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.”

The Good Samaritan Study and Mentoring (SAM) Leadership Program offers both financial and personal support to mature-aged Catholic women as they undertake undergraduate or postgraduate theological/spiritual study at a recognised theological Institution. 

Financial assistance will be offered to a maximum of $8000 per year. The grant can be spent on tuition or other expenses associated with the completion of the qualification.

A core component of the program is the opportunity for regular personal support, spiritual direction and/or mentoring. Participants will gather twice a year to share their experiences and to explore questions arising from their study in conversation with experienced women leaders in the Church. Gatherings may be held in person or via Zoom.

It is necessary that there be a consonance between the values of the applicant and the ethos of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.


  • Catholic woman aged 30 years and over;
  • Interest in both the study and mentoring components of the program;
  • Identification of current study being undertaken or a proposed course at a recognised theological institution; and
  • Evidence of leadership exercised in any context. Leadership experience in a not-for-profit organisation or a faith-based institution will be highly regarded.

Special consideration will be given to women who are experiencing financial hardship or who live in isolated communities.

Application process

Application packs are available from samleadership@goodsams.org.au

Applications must include:

  • A resume (maximum four pages) detailing qualifications and experience;
  • Name and contact details of two referees – one regarding professional experience and one regarding faith commitment; and
  • A 200-500 word statement outlining why you wish to be considered for this program.

Applications have now closed.

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