Young girls pledge to serve Holy Mother Mary
Twelve young girls from the Vaiusu Catholic Church have dedicated their lives to serve the church by pledging to undertake young fellowships for the Holy Mother Mary.
"This day (Sunday) the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary gave presentations to help them reinforce their faith in accepting the calling and live the virtues and hardships of being Ladies of Mary,” said Deacon Paulo Mulipola.
This is a step one must take as the doorway to becoming a nun in the Catholic church, the Deacon said.
In a statement, Deacon Mulipola said there remains a steadfast call for the young Catholic women to join the group and become future nuns to serve the Church and God full time.
“The young girls involved range from ages 13 to 17 and they have volunteered to join and serve as fellowships of Mother Mary, an important call to fulfill as a Catholic for young girls,” the Deacon said.
“They are under the guidance of Marist priests who served Parishes of Vaiusu, Lepea and Toamua.
“They will follow the good leadership and guidance of the holy mother as their Leader and will live in humility and simplicity.
“[These are the] ways of living in serving the Church; living [a] poor life by serving the Mother of God in sharing wealth and any means of life.”
Deacon Mulipola said the young girls were given months to test their faith in order to prepare themselves for the calling.
“The group was under the guidance of me and my wife Palepa Mulipola and we will continue to lead these young ladies to years of service to the Church and especially in following the rules of the Church to be the fellowships of Mary,” he said.
There are different levels in the group - which is called "Fanau a Maria" - beginners will wear a white uniform, while blue clothes will mark out old followers.
Kuno Faranisisi, whose daughter Jannice Faranisisi pledged to the cause, said he’s proud that his eldest daughter has decided to dedicate her life to the calling.
“This calling is quite unique; given that only certain people can fulfill this commitment and as a devout Catholic, I am proud of my daughter. I can only hope that my other daughters will follow their sister’s footsteps,” he said.