Good Samaritan Principals’ Conference
The community of Good Samaritan Principals gathered at the Q Station (formally the Quarantine Station) at Manly for the annual retreat and conference from 25th to 27th July. This heritage venue in its unspoiled environment provided a beautiful backdrop for the theme of the conference which was stewardship. Father David Ranson provided stimulating input in sessions on Stewardship as Care of the Earth, of Persons and as Leadership.
Vicki Comerford, principal at Stella Maris College in Manly, said “Father David was inspirational as he led us through the transformative nature of Stewardship when we engage in it with a sense of care and concern. David led us to understand our profound sense of responsibility and accountability as trustees of the earth and the people in our care, as we work under God’s guidance to ensure that what we have received is not diminished by our stewardship. He spoke not only of our legacy, history and mission but also of the precious possibility we encounter as we guard that with which we have been entrusted with a sense of awe.”
Joining Vicki at the conference were principals Sue Lennox from St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown; Robyn Anderson from Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne; Loretto Richardson from St Scholastica’s College, Glebe; Deborah Barker from Santa Maria College, Northcote; Tom Galea from Rosebank College, Five Dock; Frank Pitt from St Marys’ Star of the Sea College, Wollongong; Paul Lentern (Acting Principal) from Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills and Tony Fitzgerald from Mater Dei, Camden. Mary Fitz-Gerald, principal at Mater Christi College, Belgrave was on leave and unable to attend but, according to Vicki “was present in spirit and participated in part through a telephone conference”.
Representatives of Good Samaritan Education, Terry Creagh, Chair, Catherine Slattery sgs, Director of Mission Integration and Kay Herse, Executive Officer, were delighted to be able to share with the principals in this time of reflection. Kay said that “the conference was significant as the first Principals Conference since the formation of Good Samaritan Education. It provided an opportunity for discussion of matters vital for ongoing development as well as a wonderful opportunity for reflection together on aspects of our Good Samaritan Benedictine heritage”.
In Vicki’s words “Father David encouraged us to ‘gaze’; to stand back and let our senses perceive all that is around us. In the beautiful environment of North Head at Manly we were certainly able to appreciate the grandeur of God’s creation.”