At Mater Maria Catholic College we all have an intrinsic role to play in listening and reconnecting in a deeper way to the Good Samaritan charism. Using St Benedict’s ancient ideals, the basis of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan charism, the College has articulated five values to honour the rich spirit initiated by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan at Mater Maria in 1962.
In the spirit of the Gospel story, where the answer to the question ‘Who is my neighbour? is everyone in need of your help, the five values call each member of the Mater Maria community to become neighbour to all, like all those who have lived and served as Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Each member of the Mater Maria Catholic College community is invited to take up the challenge to live these five College values as we discover new ways to realise the parable of the Good Samaritan in all that we do.
Everyone at Mater Maria Catholic College is called to take up the challenge to live our five College values - community, justice, hospitality, spirituality and stewardship - as we discover new ways to realise the parable of the Good Samaritan in all that we do. This is a story that started from a simple question to Jesus - who is my neighbour?
Community - Are we neighbour to others?
Community is our call to serve. It is the joy of belonging, contributing, learning and growing together in the life and mission of our College.
Hospitality - Are we neighbour to compassion?
Hospitality is our call to freely contribute to the life of this community. May we be neighbour to all, as we learn again to open our minds, open our hearts, and open our talents to others.
Justice - Are we neighbour to peace?
Justice is our call to go and make a difference through respect and dignity for all in our world. In our hearts and in our community we must seek peace through the pursuit of justice.
Spirituality - Are we neighbour to God?
Spirituality is a mindful awareness of the reality that God is with us in all that we do. It is an open conversation with God across every minute, every hour and every day of our lives.
Stewardship - Are we neighbour to Creation?
Stewardship is our reverence for the sacredness of all of God’s Creation. It is the ministry of respectful use of all things and a deep appreciation for what has been gifted to us by our Creator.