During a ceremony in Perth last month, Elaine and three other WA women – Bev Agar, Kathy Beeck and Jan Gorza – formalised their commitment as Good Samaritan Oblates. In doing so, they made a public commitment to deepen their spiritual lives in the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition and are now part of the almost 70-strong group of Good Samaritan Oblates across Australia.
“I know it’s a big thing and I’m very privileged that it’s me that has done it, Elaine told The Good Oil.
“I just hope some of the other Aboriginal people, whether they be in West Australia or over in the east, take up this course as well.”
Elaine first encountered the Good Samaritan Sisters about eight years ago when she met Sister Anna Warlow at the House of Welcome, a community outreach initiative in Three Springs, which provides care and support for Indigenous, rural and mining families.
Since then, Elaine has become a member of the Good Samaritan Rural Outreach Team. Together with Anna and fellow oblate, Kathy Beeck, the team provides support for the liturgical life of small, isolated communities in the wheatbelt of mid-western WA, as well as offering retreats and gatherings, especially for women.
Elaine agrees that being a Good Sam Oblate complements her work with the Good Sam Rural Outreach Team.
“I really enjoy doing this with the Good Sams and I find peace by doing it,” she said.