The Sisters of the Good Samaritan has decided to ensure the future of its mission by establishing a foundation. The Foundation was launched late last month by Governor-General Sir William Deane at a reception at Government House, Canberra.
    Sir William, a former pupil at the order's Canberra school, St Christopher's, noted that the congregation was the first to be founded on Australian soil. He commented on the broad mandate given to the sisters by their founder, Archbishop John Bede Polding. "The objects of the order are as wide as charity," Sir William said.
    The congregational leader, Sr Sonia Wagner, said the congregation was establishing a foundation so that the mission of the congregation would endure. "The focus of the foundation is on ensuring that, through the provision of the necessary resources, the tradition of responding to contemporary social needs in the spirit of John Bede Polding will continue into the 21st century and beyond," Sr Wagner said.
    The foundation would enable new ministries to emerge within the Australian and Asian Pacific region, Sr Wagner said, and it would also help the congregation plan responsibly for the future.

7/04/99 10:08:13 / Catholic Communications Adelaide


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