“Good Samaritan schools are very special to me as I have had the privilege of having the presence and influence of several wonderful Good Sam Sisters in my own life. It is an honour to share in their charism through designing and delivering retreats for their schools.” Donna
Shaped by a Parable
It is a story about conflict, injury, abandonment and compassion.
When Archbishop John Bede Polding founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1857, he chose this name because he firmly believed that their work was about being neighbour to the poor and destitute women and children of Sydney.
He wrote that “the name indicates the scope, since the Religious are called to imitate the charity of the kind Samaritan who as moved to pity the poor wounded man and, having poured oil and wine into his wounds to heal him, afterwards conveyed him to a place of security”.
A Benedictine Way of Life
In writing the first ‘Rules’ for the Congregation, Polding drew heavily on the ancient, but tried and true, Rule of St Benedict. Dating from the sixth century, this ancient Rule continues to speak to the spiritual yearning of countless women and men, across the globe.
The text of the Rule is remarkably brief, but it is refreshingly realistic in its understanding of who people are and who they can become.
Although written for a group of monks, there are lessons for all contemporary people: lessons about mercy and humility; about hospitality, care and welcome; about living a balanced and sustainable lifestyle.
It is intended for those who seek peace. It speaks about acceptance, compassion, and commitment to prayer and work.
The Rule presents a gospel way of life, a life based on the teaching of Jesus Christ, the Good News, which Benedict called “the truest of guides for human life”.