Section Archive: News Feature

Phone ban will deprive refugees of a lifeline to the outside world

A move by the Australian Government to introduce legislation allowing the seizure of mobile phones from people held in immigration detention centres is unnecessary and cruel, according to refugee advocates.

Posted on: June 16, 2020

Funding boost for family violence services during COVID-19 crisis

With a rise in family violence due to the coronavirus crisis set to strain an already overstretched social support system, some abusers are reportedly using COVID-19 as a psychological weapon....

Posted on: April 21, 2020

What does it mean to be a Good Samaritan?

When Archbishop John Bede Polding founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan on February 2, 1857 he chose this name because he firmly believed that their work was about being...

Posted on: February 19, 2020

May we act always with compassion in the service of the sick

The outbreak of the coronavirus reminds us how fragile and interdependent our societies are, and how quickly the ‘better angels of our nature’ can take flight, writes Evan Ellis. The...

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Students ‘dive’ into the history of the Good Sams in Japan

An initiative run by the Australian National Maritime Museum has immersed students of St Scholastica’s College in the history of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Japan.

Posted on: December 11, 2019

NATSICC recognises Good Sams Oblates

Good Samaritan Oblates, Elaine Walley and Catherine Jones, have been recognised in this year’s NATSICC Awards for their service to Indigenous communities.

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Southern Cross

BENet 2019: Exploring Benedictine wisdom under the Southern Cross

Planning for the international conference of the Benedictine Educators’ Network in Sydney later this year, is well underway with ­­­an impressive line up of speakers and presenters.

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Good Sams at the Conference

One Heart, Many Voices

The recent joint Catholic Religious Australia and Catholic Mission conference was an opportunity to listen to the voices of many within the one heart of mission in the church.

Posted on: June 18, 2019

Social justice, ecology and the federal election

Australians will vote in the federal election this Saturday, so where do the major parties stand on issues of social justice and care for the environment?

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Mother and Child

Substance over style ‘Inn’ supporting mothers

Good Sam’s Inn and Housing ministries, provide significant support to mothers facing difficult times every day, not just on Mother’s Day, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Donna’s readiness to live her vows

Donna Belle Ferrer made her first profession as a Sister of the Good Samaritan earlier this month and is looking forward with “readiness” to living her vows faithfully.

Posted on: April 16, 2019

Health focus: The Good Samaritans’ Ministry in Kiribati

World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April with a focus on universal health coverage. Marie Mohr reflects on the current health situation in Kiribati on a recent trip to...

Posted on: April 16, 2019