Sr Suzanne’s retirement ends an era for Good Sams

Sr Suzanne Hallams (Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese/Matthew Biddle)

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan will conclude their long ministry to education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn with the retirement of Sr Suzanne Hallams. Source: Catholic Voice.

Sr Suzanne was the last in the line of “Good Sams” that have served in the region and was recently farewelled at Canberra’s St Francis Xavier College where she had ministered for 17 years.

The association of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan with the Canberra/Goulburn region stretches back to the Archdiocese’s predecessor, the Diocese of Goulburn, when the Good Sams opened a convent at Braidwood in 1877.

They then opened a convent in Queanbeyan in 1879 and arrived in Canberra for the opening of the St Christopher’s School in the 1920s.

Sr Suzanne’s retirement completes almost 95 years of continuous Good Samaritan service to Catholic education in Canberra alone.

Archbishop Christopher Prowse paid tribute to the Sisters for their “selfless service” to the Archdiocese over many years. He said the Catholic community owed them an “enormous debt of gratitude and thanksgiving”.

The Good Sams will remain present in the archdiocese with a small community of three at Red Hill.


Last class for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan (Catholic Voice)

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