Articles by: Debra Vermeer

Good Samaritan Sister Elizabeth Delaney receives papal honour

Sister Elizabeth Delaney SGS has been presented with the pontifical honour Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for ‘her considerable service to the Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney and Australia’.

Posted on: December 21, 2022

Support for Oceania delegates' voices to be heard at COP27

At the recent COP27 UN Climate Conference, the voices of Oceania delegates were heard loud and clear, telling of the impacts of climate change on their land and their people.

Posted on: December 21, 2022

Online experience connects students with ministries in Bacolod

Student groups from across Good Samaritan Education schools gathered recently for an ‘online immersion’ experience with Sisters and staff of Good Samaritan ministries in Bacolod, the Philippines, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: December 21, 2022

NATSICC Assembly a chance to share stories, experiences and knowledge

Four members of the Good Samaritan community who attended the recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council Assembly in Townsville, say it was an enriching and humbling experience.

Posted on: November 16, 2022

Crisis refuge for women and children receives funding boost

The Good Samaritan Inn’s vision for the expansion of its residential services for women and children who have experienced family violence and/or homelessness is edging closer to becoming a reality.

Posted on: November 16, 2022

Caring for Sisters’ health and well-being ‘a graced experience’

In more than a decade as Health and Well-being Coordinator for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Marie Mohr has seen much in the way of change, growth and challenges.

Posted on: November 15, 2022

Award recognises Sr Catherine Slattery's contribution to Catholic education

Good Samaritan Sister and educator, Sister Catherine Slattery, has been awarded the Brother Kelvin Canavan Catholic School Leadership Award for 2022 in recognition of her extensive contribution to Catholic education.

Posted on: October 19, 2022

Good Samaritan community in Bacolod launches eco-restoration project

The Good Samaritan community in Bacolod, the Philippines, has come together to launch Project Samaritan, an eco-restoration project at a public park in a bid to foster the local ecology

Posted on: October 19, 2022

Journey to becoming Oblates a ‘life-changing experience’

The Good Samaritan community in Victoria welcomed three new Oblates last month, in a beautiful celebration at Santa Maria College in Northcote, Victoria, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: October 17, 2022

Return visit to Timor Leste sees scholarship students shine

Seventeen more young people in the Good Samaritan Railaco Scholarship Program have graduated from tertiary studies in Timor Leste despite the immense practical challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on: September 21, 2022

New Oblates welcomed in a celebration long delayed

The Good Samaritan community welcomed four new Oblates last month in a beautiful liturgy. This was the first Oblation ceremony held in NSW since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on: September 19, 2022

Good Samaritan Oblates seek a deeper experience of God and community

Two Queensland women made their commitment as Good Samaritan Oblates this month, after both were drawn to deepen their ties with the Good Samaritan community in prayer, outreach and companionship.

Posted on: August 17, 2022