250 'Good Sam' nuns in Sydney to elect 21st century leader
Sr Sonia Wagner, current leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan has said that a convention in Sydney this month will set new directions for the Australian-founded congregation, ahead of the group's 150th anniversary in 2007.
A statement from the Congregation says that while their mission to care and educate socially disadvantaged women and children remains as strong as it did on their foundation day, the Good Samaritan Sisters are today helping hundreds of people cope with the pitfalls and tragedies of modern Australian life.
"In Melbourne, Sisters shelter the homeless, assist victims of abuse and violence and support women caught in the cycle of drugs and prostitution. In Brisbane, Sisters have provided thousands of women and children with emergency food and shelter over the past two years. In the South Australian regional city of Whyalla, a community centre bustles with life and opportunity and in New South Wales, children and youth with disabilities are given new hope."
The sisters have spread to the Philippines, Japan, Kiribati and East Timor.
"Now in the beginnings of a new millennium, about 250 sisters will congregate in Sydney on September 24 for a week-long convention," says the statement. "They will elect a new congregational leader and the four counsellors to constitute the order's governing body."
Sr Sonia Wagner, current leader of the sisters said the convention would set new directions for the congregation beyond 2010.
"As we move into the future, as Good Samaritans at the service of church and world, and reach out especially to the poor and the stranger, we will continue to cross social, cultural and religious barriers and form new partnerships for mission." said Sr Sonia.
250 nuns in Sydney to elect 21st century leader (Sisters of the Good Samaritan 2/9/05)
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