Section Archive: Feature

History is calling

First Nations Peoples have an inalienable right to be heard at the highest level of the nation’s governance. History is calling all of us forward, writes Sister Clare Condon SGS.

Posted on: April 18, 2023

An experience of the German Synodal Way

I was privileged to experience the final Assembly of the German Synodal Way, and its attempts to forge a path for a Church undergoing challenge and change, writes Susan Sullivan.

Posted on: April 18, 2023

St Mary Star of the Sea College celebrates 150th Anniversary

This year, St Mary Star of the Sea College marks 150 years of educating young women in the Good Samaritan tradition. A number of significant events will mark this milestone.

Posted on: March 15, 2023

Mentoring and spiritual direction are key aspects of women’s leadership program

Jaren Malales is one of eight women receiving support to undertake studies aimed at promoting women’s leadership within the Church through the Good Samaritan Study and Mentoring (SAM) Leadership Program.

Posted on: March 15, 2023

Lent calls us into deeper relationship with God and each other

During Lent, let us reflect on all that we have been given, on all that makes us fully human, and ‘pay forward’ those gifts to others, writes Veronica McCluskie SGS.

Posted on: February 14, 2023

Proud to be part of a community that engenders hope

An opportunity to grow, to make mistakes and learn from them, and to be part of something bigger than me brings meaning and purpose to my life, writes Carlo Tingson.

Posted on: February 14, 2023

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