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Monday, 21 March 2016 14:03

Good Sams celebrate 30 years in WA outback

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Sr Gerri sgs ChrisThe Good Samaritan Sisters marked the 30th anniversary of their arrival in the Western Australian outback parish of Mt Magnet in a weekend of celebrations, reports The Good Oil.

In mid-1985, the then Bishop of Geraldton, Barry Hickey, invited the Sisters to “establish a house in the goldfields, preferably at Mt Magnet, where there may or may not be a resident priest”. In his letter, the bishop outlined the work he wanted the sisters to undertake in the goldmining communities surrounding Mt Magnet. That work included visiting families, promoting religious education, training people in lay ministries, forming groups and basic Christian communities, offering retreats and spiritual formation, and reaching out to Aboriginal people.

After their arrival in 1986, two main areas of work emerged for the sisters: parish pastoral ministry and community support work.

Read the article in full in the March 2016 issue of The Good Oil, the monthly e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters.

(Featured image shows Chris Bandy and Sister Gerri Boylan sgs.)