Becoming a Good Samaritan Sister

Sisters of the Good Samaritan, women religious within the Catholic Church, seek God, the God who impels us to be neighbour. We are women who are yearning for the more in life, and find that more in God and in God’s people.

Inspired by the Parable of the Good Samaritan and nourished by the wisdom of Benedictine spirituality, women in Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Kiribati have been responding for over 160 years to God’s invitation to be neighbour in community together with other like-minded women. We have committed ourselves to seeking God in communal prayer, in Lectio Divina, in service to others and to a communal way of life.

The Inquiry stage of this journey begins by getting to know the Sisters, joining in their ministries, praying with them, and sharing meals with them. When a young woman is ready for a deeper commitment, she may seek to live with the Sisters in community for a period of time as a Pre-Novice. This is followed by a more intense period of learning to be a Good Samaritan Sister as a Novice usually for two years.

If the young woman, and those who are mentoring her, have discerned that vowed life is for her, she makes her First Profession – a public commitment of vows as a Sister of the Good Samaritan.

During the next few years, she will continue her discernment and study, and will take her place in the congregation’s life and ministry, before making her Perpetual Profession.

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