Section Archive: Profile

Author Michael McGirr brings his experience to Writers' Workshop

For author Michael McGirr, writing has always been an integral part of his life. “Writing is very close to my spiritual practice, and always has been,” he tells Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: May 9, 2024

Author and educator Ann Rennie: 'I thank God for whatever the day holds'

Melbourne-based author and educator Ann Rennie is now at a stage in her life when saying Yes to unexpected invitations is opening up a range of new experiences and adventures.

Posted on: April 14, 2024

For Susan Carter, politics is an opportunity to be of service

After an extensive career in law, family advocacy, and university teaching, Susan Carter MLC was attracted to politics as a way of serving the community and working towards positive outcomes.

Posted on: September 16, 2023

Artist Terry St Ledger depicts Ministerial Women for the 21st Century

A highlight of the Blessing and Opening of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Congregational Centre last month was the unveiling of a series of artworks, entitled The Ministerial Women.

Posted on: March 14, 2023

Caring for Sisters’ health and well-being ‘a graced experience’

In more than a decade as Health and Well-being Coordinator for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Marie Mohr has seen much in the way of change, growth and challenges.

Posted on: November 15, 2022

Yvonne Weldon is committed to making a difference

As a student at St Scholastica’s College in the 1980s, Yvonne Weldon thrived under the Good Samaritan charism of being neighbour and offering a helping hand to those in need.

Posted on: August 16, 2022

New face brings renewed energy for the mission of Good Samaritan Education

Earlier this year, Good Samaritan Education welcomed Carmel Shaw as the new Director of Formation and Mission Integration. Carmel spoke to Gabrielle Sinclair for this edition of ‘The Good Oil’.

Posted on: March 14, 2022

Pandemic has led to an increase in human rights abuses

From her earliest years, Alissia Carroll has felt a compelling need to be with her fellow human beings who are suffering rather than turn a blind eye, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: July 24, 2021

Patricia Purcell retires after a long association with the Good Sams

Good Samaritan Foundation Board member Patricia Purcell retired recently. She spoke to Debra Vermeer about what has been a long and happy association with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Posted on: July 24, 2021

When being neighbour is opening our doors and hearts to strangers

Rosemary Kariuki is on a mission to empower migrant women, enticing them from a culture of silos, exposing them to new ideas, experiences and the wider community, writes Dan McAloon.

Posted on: June 18, 2021

After decades of social activism, Jill remains committed to eco-justice advocacy

Jill Finnane retired recently from her role as Eco-Justice Program Coordinator and Pacific Calling Partnership Coordinator for the Edmund Rice Centre. She spoke to Debra Vermeer about her eco-justice work.

Posted on: June 18, 2021

Sr Liz Wiemers farewells Santa Teresa community after 12 years

Good Samaritan Sister Liz Wiemers has farewelled the Santa Teresa community in Central Australia after 12 years of ministry there. She spoke to Debra Vermeer about the challenges and joys.

Posted on: February 19, 2021