Pastoral Ministry

We apply ourselves to charitable work

The name that Archbishop Polding chose for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1857 gives expression to the parable.  He invited the Sisters to respond to God’s people as “ministers of Christ’s mercy, and messengers of Christ’s compassion”. 

Visitation and Pastoral Ministry

From the earliest days in Sydney, our Sisters have focused on responding to the needs of those around them. For Good Samaritan Sisters today, our neighbours are found next door, on the street, and in the marketplaces and neighbourhoods of many cities and rural communities in Australia, Japan, Kiribati and the Philippines.

Wherever we are, Good Samaritans endeavour to live by the Gospel values of caring for the sick, visiting those imprisoned, feeding the thirsty and hungry, and welcoming the stranger.