Our mission is to ensure that all residents are treated with love and respect exemplifying what it truly means to be a Good Samaritan. Our staff is committed to providing services personifying the values of compassion and goodwill towards others. It is our goal to make all residents feel respected, loved and cared for in the same way a family member would feel. This is the quality of service we think one should expect when living in a senior residence.
Antoun Zabuni is the founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. He was born into a pious family in Mosel, Iraq on January 17, 1883, on the feast day of St. Anthony of Egypt, the father of the monks. In the year 1895 he entered the minor seminary of St. John the Evangelist, in Mosel. As a seminarian he was devoted to his studies and lived a life of virtue and devotion. He was ordained a priest on May 15, 1907 by Patriarch Emmanuel II Toma.
The war of World War I broke out in Iraq and the consequences of the war, left many people hungry, in poverty and without an opportunity for education. Specifically, many people left the villages and fled to Baghdad, in order to find any kind of work. Here, women began to work various jobs, even if it meant abandoning their faith and converting to Islam in order to make a living and be able to work. This devastated Father Antoun and increased his desire to start a congregation for women. He wrote a letter to the Patriarch saying, “I had a lot of conviction that we need to start a religious congregation of women in our Chaldean Church.
I understand that consecrated woman could help in this time of chaos. The can help the clergy with the great poverty, the homeless children and even with pastoral needs of the community. I have a desire to begin this project and with much time spent before the Blessed Sacrament I see it is greatly needed. After much prayer and discernment, the desired became a reality and permission was granted to Father Antoun to begin the first congregation of women in the Chaldean Rite on August 7, 1922. Because of his great devotion to the Blessed mother, the congregation was dedicated and consecrated to Mary Immaculate.
The Congregation of the Chaldean Daughters of Mary Immaculate is an apostolic Congregation of patriarchal right. It was founded in Baghdad on August 7, 1922, at the time of Patriarch Mar Yousif Emmanuel II Toma, for the good of the Church and the world.
Our Goal Our Congregation aims at a life of contemplative unity with God, striving for holiness by practice of the vows of the evangelical counsels, a participation of the spirit of the beatitudes and the observance of our Rule. Our Congregation is a center of apostolic radiation and prayer. Each religious attempts to discover the will of God for herself and for the salvation of souls. Thus, one will become a sign and a testimony of conversion and consecration to God.
Our spiritual life is an alliance with God that promotes holiness. This enables us to be more open to the needs of the Church and the world through one’s religious life.
After 3 years of hard work building Good Samaritan, The Chaldean Sisters, Daughters of Mary Immaculate Conception, opened their doors to the elderly. It was officially opened on July 22, 2000. It was built by Mother Superior, Sister Bernard Ibrahim. This congregation was founded in Iraq on August 7, 1922. Over the years this order of nuns expanded throughout the world and made their way to The United States in 1970 to find ways to serve humanity. In 1988, Sister Alexandra opened the first retirement center in Turlock, California to serve the elderly. 12 years later, Mother Superior Bernard handed over a new opportunity to Sister Alexandra to begin a new journey by running the Good Samaritan. She pursued her dreams in the US by working her hardest to make the elderly happy.