The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Study and Mentoring (SAM) Program is now open for applications and offers financial assistance for women undertaking tertiary studies at a recognised theological institution. Core components of the program include opportunities for spiritual direction, mentoring and dialogue with like-minded women.

The grant will be offered at a maximum of $8000 per year and can be spent on tuition or other expenses associated with the completion of the qualification. The organisation are looking for applicants whose values are consistent the ethos of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Since their foundation and throughout their 164-year history, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have been committed to the flourishing of women. They have educated girls and women from pre-school to tertiary levels and have been engaged in adult education and adult faith formation.

Over the years they have not only educated women, they have companioned them as mentors, counsellors, spiritual directors and as friends. The Good Samaritans recognise the need for women’s leadership within the Church, ‘for only when women contribute their experience and wisdom can the Church truly fulfil God’s mission’.

Reflecting on Pope Francis’ prayer intention in October 2020, the Holy Father’s prayer intention asked everyone to pray that women be given greater leadership roles in the Church. ‘Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church … We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.’

The program is for Catholic women aged 30 and over who are undertaking tertiary studies at a recognised theological institution.

Applications close 30 September. Full details are available online.