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Anniversary of John Bede Polding OSB

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March 16

John Bede Polding osb, Australia’s first Catholic Archbishop, founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict in Sydney on February 2, 1857. He was assisted by a Sister of Charity, Scholastica Gibbons, who became the Congregation’s first Superior.

This new Congregation, the first to be founded on Australian soil, was formed to care for disadvantaged and abused women. Polding, however, gave the Congregation a broad and flexible scope in its mission. By giving it the name, Sisters of the Good Samaritan, he indicated that the sisters were to have a Christ-like attitude of compassion and care for those they served.


March 16