Articles by: Debra Vermeer

Life Membership for Good Samaritan Sister Mary O’Shannassy JP

Good Samaritan Sister Mary O’Shannassy, well known for her ministry as a prison chaplain, has been recognised for her 30 years of community service as a Justice of the Peace.

Posted on: April 17, 2024

Good Samaritan Sisters’ ministries are flourishing in Kiribati

When Sister Michelle Reid visited Kiribati, she was struck by two things: the vulnerability of the land due to rising sea levels and the ministry of the Good Samaritan Sisters.

Posted on: April 17, 2024

Author and educator Ann Rennie: 'I thank God for whatever the day holds'

Melbourne-based author and educator Ann Rennie is now at a stage in her life when saying Yes to unexpected invitations is opening up a range of new experiences and adventures.

Posted on: April 14, 2024

Meet the Members of Council: Sisters Michelle, Kathleen, Ann-Maree and Meg

In this edition we meet the four Council members who will assist and advise Sister Catherine McCahill in her role as Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Posted on: March 20, 2024

Benedicta House a place of prayer and ongoing mission

Nine Sisters of the Good Samaritan living in Melbourne have moved into a brand new built-for-purpose residence called Benedicta House, a name that pays tribute to the Sisters’ Benedictine spirituality.

Posted on: March 20, 2024

Women deacons: will the Synod on Synodality be the catalyst for change?

The question of whether women can be ordained as deacons in the Catholic Church is expected to be discussed further at this year’s Second Session of the Synod on Synodality.

Posted on: March 17, 2024

Catholic community acknowledges Good Samaritans’ presence in Nara over 70 years

The warm relationship between the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the Catholic community of Nara was celebrated recently in recognition of the anniversary of the Sisters’ arrival in Japan.

Posted on: February 21, 2024

Hundreds left homeless in Bacolod after fires destroy dwellings

The Good Samaritan Sisters and the Good Samaritan Foundation have been working together to help families in Bacolod in the Philippines who were left homeless after a series of fires.

Posted on: February 21, 2024

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

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