Charism is a pure gift of God for the good of the Church. It attracts people to engage in an overall task together, providing a constancy of orientation while allowing for internal growth and change (Evangelica Testificatio, no.11).
The charism of Good Samaritan Education is centred on the person of Jesus Christ in the communal seeking of God, believing that it is together – not as isolated individuals – that we go to God (Rule of Benedict, 72:12), our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love (RB, Prologue 49).
Enriched and inspired by the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) the Rule of Benedict and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the mission of Good Samaritan Education is to sustain and nurture communities of learning in the Catholic tradition.
Such faith communities of learning are formed by essential values drawn from the Rule of Benedict: love of neighbour, prayer, stability, conversatio, obedience, discipline, humility, stewardship, hospitality, community, justice and peace.
The logo for Good Samaritan Education has been designed to reflect the different strands that underpin its rich traditions and spirituality.
The droplet shape is reminiscent of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) – the oil and wine poured into the wounds of the one left abandoned.
The olive branch is a biblical symbol of God’s saving action in our lives (Genesis 8:11); the green tint is a reminder of new shoots – and Good Samaritan Education is a sign of new life in the community of God’s faithful.
The Book of Scriptures – God’s Word is the source of daily nourishment and challenge.
“In all things may God be glorified” (1 Peter 4:11) is quoted in Chapter 57 of the Rule of Benedict and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have retained it within their own crest for more than 150 years.