Section Archive: Feature

Festive season a celebration of faith and family

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

Posted on: December 20, 2022

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 20, 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

Little acts of kindness

There are many living among us who quietly help others with no expectation of gratitude or reimbursement. Bronwyn Boehm reflects on the little acts of kindness that often go untold.

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

Listening to the Voice of Creation, listening to Country

This year the theme for the Season of Creation is ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’.  Sue Martin reflects on the different ways in which it is possible to listen.

Posted on: September 19, 2022

Hearts Incandescent Glow

‘Hearts Incandescent Glow’ by Sister Marie Casamento SGS is in response to the theme of Hope in the 2022 ACU Prize for Poetry, which will be awarded on September 1.

Posted on: August 16, 2022

Called to Practise Resurrection

Good Samaritan Oblate Peita Ward facilitated a Spirituality Gathering with the title ‘Doing together what we cannot do alone’. The session Practising Resurrection was the basis for a fruitful discussion.

Posted on: August 16, 2022

Finding strength through channelling Mary

A childhood memory of an image of Mary in a leadlight window prompted Kate Englebrecht to question what it is that we humans fear so much at the spiritual level.

Posted on: July 19, 2022

Walking together

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s rich history and culture is something that people and systems across Australia have only recently begun to open, to understand, and receive more fully.

Posted on: July 19, 2022

Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding

The Benedictine Federation of St Scholastica recently celebrated its centenary by holding a Colloquium. Patty Fawkner SGS was invited to present a paper entitled ‘What we stand for – Witness’.

Posted on: July 18, 2022