‘Who is my neighbour?’
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation works in partnership with like-minded people and organisations to bring practical assistance to women and children in need. We take our inspiration from the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29) – the simple yet compelling story of the courageous person who stopped to help a stranger when others chose to walk by.
We are also enlivened by the living example of the Good Samaritan Sisters, women who have committed their lives to seeking God, and to ‘being neighbour.’
For Good Samaritans today, our neighbours are found next door, on the street and in the marketplaces and neighbourhoods of cities and rural communities in Australia, Kiribati, Timor Leste and the Philippines. Our neighbour might be an impoverished child from a squatter village, a young person seeking education, a refugee family or a woman escaping family violence. Whatever the circumstances, the wisdom of the Parable calls us to recognise the needs of the ‘other’ and reach out with compassion and love.
‘Listen with the ear of the heart.’
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan draw continued inspiration from the Rule of Benedict.
Although originally written in the 6th Century for a community of monks, the Rule contains a deep wisdom for all people and offers practical insights about compassion, humility, hospitality and welcome. The Rule of Benedict is intended for all people who seek peace.
With such deep underpinnings, the spirituality of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan continually inspires, challenges and enriches our work.
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation aims to provide a safe and respectful environment for all who are part of our work, or are touched by our programs. We are committed to protect all who enter our workplace, especially children and vulnerable adults.