‘… All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ…Great care and concern are to be shown in receiving poor people and pilgrims.’ (Rule of Benedict 53:1, 15)
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the order of St Benedict was founded in Sydney in 1857. This new congregation was formed to care for disadvantaged and abused women. The Sisters continue to be known for their Christ-like attitude of compassion and care for those they serve.
In keeping with our heritage and the Good Samaritan Education Framework, Santa Maria College connects to our community through service. Responding to the needs of ‘neighbour’ is integral to who we are and how we live out the Gospel values. The vast array of service opportunities available to students include:
Good Samaritan Inn: Senior students volunteer at the Good Samaritan Women’s Refuge, supporting the staff with meal preparation, playing with children and other general domestic duties.
Collingwood Cottage: Junior students serve fruit, vegetables and other nutritious food to those in need. This food bank is a vital resource for people in the local area.
Philippines Immersion: Each year the College sends a group of up to six students to serve in the Bacolod community in the Philippines. Our students work alongside the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, assisting at the Good Sam Kinder School, the Women’s Activity Centre and the Boulevard (slum area) child feeding program.
St Vincent de Paul Soup Van: Senior students volunteer with the Vinnies Van, bringing food and conversation to people in need in our community.
St Vincent de Paul: Throughout the year students raise awareness and funds for a range of St Vincent de Paul initiatives including the Winter Sleep Out and the Christmas giving appeal.
Fareshare Australia: Senior students are involved with the preparation and creation of thousands of meals for those in need. Working out of an industrial kitchen using donated goods, our students volunteer their time and skills to feed the homeless and hungry in Melbourne.
The College community also actively supports Caritas, developing respectful relationships with all people, working with Indigenous communities, visiting the elderly, raising awareness and standing up to violence against women and children, feeding and visiting the homeless, and donating blankets, toiletries and essential clothing as needed.