Terry Creagh was the inaugural Chair of Good Samaritan Education (GSE) from its launch as a diocesan ecclesial community (public juridic person) in 2011. Previously she was a member of the Good Samaritan Education Council that facilitated the process leading to the establishment of GSE.
After a rewarding teaching career Terry held leadership positions in Catholic Education including Supervisor of Schools Rockhampton Diocese, Director Cairns Catholic Education, Deputy Director Brisbane Catholic Education, and Director Education Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Terry assisted with the development of diocesan school advisory boards, and through two decades served as chair or member on Catholic Independent College Boards.
Terry represented Catholic Education on State and National Committees involved with Indigenous education, tertiary entrance procedures, gender equity and girls’ education, capital expenditure and new schools approvals, and enterprise bargaining management. Terry worked as the Catholic and Independent schools’ member of the Implementation Team for the Queensland Government’s Education and Training Reforms for the Future (ETRF).
Terry holds a MEdAdmin (UQ), BEdStud (UQ), BA (UQ), Dip RE (ACU). She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2007 for her service to Catholic education in Queensland.
The Australian Context
In the pioneering days of the new colony of Australia, Archbishop John Bede Polding OSB established in 1857 the first congregation of religious women founded in Australia – the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict.
For the following 162 years the story of Catholic education and support for the poor and marginalised
has been enriched by the dedicated work of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Throughout their history, the Sisters revealed a readiness to adapt to changing circumstances and to respond ever anew to the call of the Spirit. In 2011, the Sisters established a new ecclesial entity, Good Samaritan Education, which was constituted as a public juridic person. It was entrusted “to share in the mission of the Church especially by the ministry of Catholic education…in accordance with the beliefs, teachings and legislation of the Church and the Charism and Good Samaritan Education’s Philosophy of Education.” (Statutes 5:2,7)
The 10 Good Samaritan Education Colleges, draw on their rich Good Samaritan Benedictine heritage to build faith communities centred on the person of Jesus Christ in the communal seeking of God (RB72:12) with educational programs that provide for the needs and experiences of 21st Century students and families.