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What is Good Samaritan Education?

Good Samaritan Education is the Catholic Church entity set up by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict in July 2011 with the approval of the Archbishops of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and the Bishops of Broken Bay and Wollongong.

What is the purpose of Good Samaritan Education?

The purpose of Good Samaritan Education is to foster ecclesial communion “of life, of charity and of truth” and to share in the mission of God through the ministry of Catholic education (Statutes, 5).

Why was Good Samaritan Education established?

Good Samaritan Education was established to ensure a structure of governance within the Catholic Church for Good Samaritan schools in Australia that is sustainable in the long-term while also preserving and deepening the Good Samaritan Benedictine charism.

When was Good Samaritan Education constituted as a new Church entity?

On July 22, 2011 the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, in agreement with the Archbishops and Bishops of the dioceses where the ten Good Samaritan schools are located, constituted Good Samaritan Education as a new Church entity.

How is Good Samaritan Education structured?

Good Samaritan Education has legal status both in Church law and civil law in accordance with its Statutes. It is a public juridic person (PJP), that is, a legal entity within the Church, but also incorporated in civil law under the Roman Catholic Church Communities’ Lands Act 1942. Good Samaritan Education is currently structured with 15 Members, seven of whom serve on the Governing Council. Each of the ten Good Samaritan Colleges is established as a public company limited by guarantee with Members of Good Samaritan Education serving as Members of the College companies.

What is the relationship between Good Samaritan Education and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan?

Good Samaritan Education is a separate entity from the Sisters of the Good Samaritan both in Church law and in civil law. However, the Superior of the Institute has the authority to nominate people for membership of Good Samaritan Education.

Who nominates the Members of Good Samaritan Education?

At least 15 Members are admitted in accordance with the Statutes: one nominated by each of the five Bishops of the Dioceses in which the Good Samaritan schools are located; three Good Samaritan Sisters nominated by the Superior; and others nominated by the Superior.

When did Good Samaritan Education assume responsibility for Good Samaritan schools?

On June 1, 2012, Good Samaritan Education assumed the Sisters’ rights and obligations with regard to their schools.

What changes will the transfer from the Sisters to Good Samaritan Education make to the operation of each school?

There will be very little change noticed at the operational level of each school. The change will be at the governance level where, instead of the school being ultimately responsible to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, it will be responsible to Good Samaritan Education.

What are the main responsibilities of Good Samaritan Education with regard to the schools?

Good Samaritan Education has the responsibility of ensuring that each school acts in accordance with its status as a Catholic school in the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition. To carry out this responsibility, the Governing Council of Good Samaritan Education has certain powers reserved to it. These are outlined in the Constitution of each school.

Can Good Samaritan Education assume responsibility for other schools or ministries beyond the ten Good Samaritan schools currently operating?

There is provision in the Statutes of Good Samaritan Education for it to assume responsibility for other schools or ministries beyond the ten Good Samaritan schools currently operating. Such a decision would rest with the Members.