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The Good Samaritan Rose commemorates the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict, the first Australian religious congregation of women. The roses were dedicated in 2007 on the 150th anniversary of the religious order. 

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, colloquially known as the "Good Sams", is a Roman Catholic congregation of religious women commenced by Bede Polding ,OSB Australia’s first Catholic bishop, in Sydney in 1857. The congregation was the first religious congregation to be founded in Australia. The sisters form an apostolic institute that follows the Rule of Saint Benedict. They take their name from the well-known gospel parable of the Good Samaritan.

Under the guidance of Polding’s co-founder, Mother Scholastica Gibbons, a Sister of Charity, the sisters cared for needy, homeless women at a refuge, the House of the Good Shepherd in Sydney, and orphans at the Roman Catholic Orphan School, a government institution at Parramatta.  Foundations were made throughout Sydney and New South Wales as bishops urgently requested staff for Catholic schools. The first foundation outside New South Wales was made at Port Pirie, South Australia, in 1890, and since then sisters have served in all states and territories of Australia.


Address:King George Terrace, National Rose Garden, Old Parliament House , Parkes, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.300612
Long: 149.129734
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1857
Approx. Event End Date:2007


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 13th November, 2007
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The Good Samaritan Rose

The roses in this bed are named to commemorate the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict. The first Australian religious congregation of women. 

These deep fuschia pink roses with multi-petalled flowers in profuse clusters are carried on long stems above dark glossy foliage. 

Dedicated on the sesquicentenary of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of Saint Benedict.

13 November 2007

Source: MA
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