Faith and Prayers.
These words were Sister Palepa Aloniu’s foundation in her 25 years of service as a Missionary Sister of Faith.
Families and friends gathered in honour of her long service to the Catholic Church, at a service led by Archbishop Alapati Lui Mata'eliga at the Sisters of the Missionary of Faith at Moamoa.
The celebration then shifted to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum where they were hosted by the family of Sister Palepa.
The audience was entertained with Samoan Siva performed by the Leauva’a Catholic Youth Choir, which is where Sister Palepa’s sister Sina and her husband Falanisisi are Catechists.
During her special remarks, Sister Palepa reflected back 25 years ago on the difficult path she undertook.
However everything was possible with God leading the way, she said.
“Although my actual 25 years of service should have been celebrated in October, however due to other obligations, the celebration had to be conducted earlier.
“My calling to God’s work is now 25 years. It’s a lot of years faced with difficulties but at the same time, these years are blessings as well.
“I want to give thanks to God for his guidance, otherwise I wouldn’t have made it this far,” said Sister Palepa.
She thanked for her Missionary Sisters of Faith, her Priest brothers for their prayers and most of all their words of encouragement.
“This gave me strength to carry on with my calling, I can’t thank you enough.”
Sister Palepa also dedicated this milestone to her late parents, Aloniu and Aifai, who were her main supporters since the beginning.
She thanked her family for their never-ending love and support.
“When times were tough, you never ceased to lend a hand for me,” she said. Sister Palepa noted that while her 25 years of service is up, she ready for another 25 years in her journey as a Sister of the Missionary of Faith.