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Ministries aim to make the festive season a time of faith and hope

The Good Samaritan Foundation brings together people and resources to support the works and initiatives of the Good Samaritan Sisters to assist those in need in communities across Australia and...

Posted on: December 13, 2023

Cup of Peace Café offers a pathway to future employment

Students at the Mater Dei School in Camden have embarked on a new endeavour in business and hospitality by opening the Cup of Peace Café, an enterprise they helped design.

Posted on: December 13, 2023

Report provides a template for Church response to family violence

A new report highlighting the success of a pilot program conducted by Catholic Social Services Victoria and the Diocese of Sale provides a template to address domestic and family violence,

Posted on: December 13, 2023

Let us continue to pursue peace in our hearts

“The LORD will bless (his) people with peace” (Psalm 29:11). This was the response to the Psalm on Tuesday 13 February 2001. Even now, the memory is still with me.

Posted on: December 11, 2023

Read, watch, listen: top picks to bring in the New Year

In this edition, The Good Oil has gathered recommendations from some of our readers and writers on what to read, watch and listen to over Christmas and the New Year.

Posted on: December 10, 2023

Finding my voice

As the clouds part and the sun tries to shine, I am reminded of the parallel with life. As we move through life, we face many clouds, storms and sunshine.

Posted on: December 10, 2023

Still Standing

Good Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento’s entry ‘Still Standing’ was highly commended in The Good Oil 2023 Writers’ Award, which has the aim of supporting and encouraging emerging and published writers.

Posted on: December 10, 2023

Laptops will support learning in Timor Leste

Good Samaritan Sister Rita Hayes, who spent many years living in Timor Leste, made her final trip back there recently with Sonya Mears, Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Foundation.

Posted on: November 15, 2023

70th anniversary celebrates links between Seiwa College and Good Sams

Seiwa College celebrated its 70th anniversary recently with a ceremony attended by five Sisters of the Good Samaritan in recognition of the Congregation’s role in founding and developing the school.

Posted on: November 15, 2023

Santa Teresa immersion a transformative experience for GSE students

The Good Samaritan Education student immersion experience returned to our Formation for Mission program this year with a visit to the community at Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) near Alice Springs.

Posted on: November 15, 2023

The cries of the most vulnerable call us to conversion

As I pen this reflection, my neighbours are the people of Kiribati, where I am visiting my Good Samaritan Sisters who minister on Tarawa and Abaoroko, writes Sister Catherine McCahill.

Posted on: November 13, 2023

A new book examines the force of grace in our lives

Good Samaritan Education recently hosted well-known Benedictine author, speaker, educator and broadcaster, Abbot Christopher Jamison OSB in Sydney for a presentation exploring some of the themes of his new book.

Posted on: November 13, 2023

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