Section Archive: Profile

Saying thank you ‘with a song in my heart’

When Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley became Vice-Patron of the Good Samaritan Foundation, she penned a song about the work of the Good Sams and their partners, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: August 19, 2020

Answering God’s call to religious life, married life and lay leadership

My life has been a series of ‘calls’. I felt called to religious life, called to married life and called to oblate life as a Pastoral Leader, writes Cathy Jones....

Posted on: March 17, 2020

Search for meaning drives desire to tell Good Sams' good news

Nichol Plumbe looks forward to sharing the stories of the Good Samaritan Sisters, both with an eye to tradition and to innovation for the future.

Posted on: October 16, 2019

Young teacher rides high with compassion

Faith and a strong desire to help young children get the best possible start to life has lead Joffrey Gayaran to become Good Samaritan Kinder School first male teacher, writes...

Posted on: September 18, 2019

Trailblazing 'woman of the Pacific' helping build a stronger future

“I want to see young women having an education, contributing to their societies and to the global stage.”

Posted on: August 20, 2019

Joanna Mead and Sr Lia van Haren SGS

Passing on the baton of history

The Good Sams archives are filled with a treasure trove of stories, as interesting as the stories of the archivists who keep them.

Posted on: July 17, 2019

It’s always been about the kids

Retiring Principal Frank Pitt’s love of teaching young people has been the motivation behind his vocation in Catholic education, now he’s pondering what do to after he leaves school.

Posted on: June 18, 2019

Finding joy in everyday life

A life inspired by joyfulness has supported Sister Eiko Mukae SGS in her ministry as a Good Sam and walking with the poor in the Philippines.

Posted on: May 14, 2019

‘Do unto others’ sparks a lifetime of service

An ‘interesting life’ and practical desire to give back has spurred Patricia Purcell’s volunteer service to the community, writes Debra Vermeer.

Posted on: April 16, 2019

Linda Espie

A different kind of pilgrimage

A desire to invite stillness, contemplation and reflection in everyday life, is how Linda Espie would describe her point of view as a photographer.

Posted on: March 19, 2019

Change “keeps you alive”

On Monday 14 January Sister Mary Gregory was farewelled at a Requiem Mass. Included in this edition of The Good Oil is an abridged profile of Mary from 2016.

Posted on: February 20, 2019

Giving God first choice

When Eugennie Levinson was thinking about possible life directions in the 1960s, the idea of exploring a vocation with the Good Samaritan Sisters was high on the list. But as...

Posted on: December 12, 2018