Section Archive: News Feature

Read, watch, listen: top picks to bring in the New Year

For our last edition of 2021, The Good Oil has gathered recommendations from some of our readers and writers on what to read, watch, and listen to in the New...

Posted on: December 13, 2021

Prize-winners announced in The Good Oil 2021 Writers’ Award

The Good Oil 2021 Writers’ Award was launched by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan with the dual purpose of supporting and encouraging the development of emerging and published writers.

Posted on: November 17, 2021

Partners in Ministry webinar sparks desire to help people in need

People who attended a recent webinar hosted by the Good Samaritan Foundation have responded strongly to moving first-person accounts of daily life in Good Samaritan ministries in Australia and overseas.

Posted on: November 17, 2021

Positive signs as COVID-19 continues to impact Philippines

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Bacolod, the Philippines, are continuing to help people in desperate need as the community battles the effects of the Delta strain of COVID-19.

Posted on: November 17, 2021

Inclusivity – a political challenge

As we witness the Australian Government’s response to refugees and asylum seekers who are denied their most basic rights, John Haren reminds us that our best human moments are inclusive.

Posted on: November 16, 2021

‘Stand with Tosy’ campaign aims to drive action on climate change

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are supporting a new campaign from the Edmund Rice Centre’s Pacific Calling Partnership for Australian political leaders to urgently commit to climate change action.

Posted on: October 19, 2021

Fears new rules could restrict advocacy and free speech

The Good Samaritan Foundation has joined its voice with other community organisations in expressing concern that proposed new Federal Government regulations could silence charities’ advocacy on behalf of vulnerable groups.

Posted on: July 24, 2021

Chaplains called to be a ministry of presence

Mary O’Shannassy SGS received an honorary doctorate from ACU last month in recognition of her service in prison ministry. In this issue, she reflects on the Chaplains’ ministry of presence.

Posted on: May 19, 2021

Anniversary sparks mixed emotions for Catholics in Philippines

The 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines has sparked mixed emotions among many Filipinos, including some Sisters of the Good Samaritan who spoke to Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: May 19, 2021

Sisters’ presence in the West lives on through Good Samaritan Oblates

The permanent presence of the Good Samaritan Sisters in Western Australia will come to an end next month when Sister Anna Warlow returns to the eastern states, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Sister Monica is open to God’s plans in a spirit of adventure

Sister Monica Armstrong says she has a lot to be grateful for when she reflects on her years in school Family Liaison and her previous teaching life, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: December 16, 2020

Hundreds forced into destitution as crucial support withdrawn

The Government’s move to cut support to 576 refugees and asylum seekers is a further blow to an already vulnerable group in their struggle to survive, writes Sister Sarah Puls. 

Posted on: November 18, 2020