Community farewells Good Sams after 132 years

The thanksgiving Mass for 132 years of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Marrickville (The Good Oil)

The community life and ministry of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Marrickville, in Sydney's inner west, has ended after 132 years. Source: The Good Oil.

A weekend of celebrations took place recently to honour the contribution made by the Good Samaritans to the Marrickville community.

The weekend was hosted by the Passionist Fathers, the St Brigid’s Parish Community, St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School and Casimir Catholic College, and included a farewell dinner, followed by Mass and a barbecue on the parish lawns the following morning.

Passionist provincial, Fr Tom McDonough, and parish administrator, Fr Erick Niyaragira, set up a working party to organise the celebrations.

“Fr Tom wanted to have as many Good Sams come to the weekend as possible and if they couldn’t come to the dinner then for them to come to the Mass,” said Pauline Roach, Good Samaritan Oblate and member of St Brigid’s Parish Council, who chaired of the working party.

“It was a celebration of working with the De La Salle Brothers, the Passionists, the Good Sams and everyone who has been part of this community.”

The support of Marrickville Catholic community was apparent at Mass, which drew a crowd of more than 1500 people who wished to thank, celebrate and farewell the Good Samaritan Sisters – many of whom were in attendance.

In her remarks, congregational leader Sister Patty Fawkner SGS expressed the varied emotions felt by the Good Samaritan Sisters.

“We Good Samaritans are sad today. We are joyful, we are humbled and proud, but most of all we are thankful as we celebrate 132 years of Good Samaritan life and ministry in Marrickville,” Sr Patty said.

Three hundred Good Samaritan Sisters have lived or ministered in Marrickville since 1887, in the areas of education and pastoral care.


Marrickville farewells the Good Sams (The Good Oil

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