A pioneer missionary who spent well over twenty years in Samoa was laid to rest at the Salesian Cemetery in Sunbury on Monday 18th September. Sr Doris Barbero FMA passed away on Sunday 8th September at St. John Paul II village in Sydney. Sr Doris was surrounded by her Sisters in her last moment.
The requiem Mass on 18th September was led by Fr Greg Chambers, con-celebrated by a number of Salesians including the Pacifican Delegate, Fr Petelo Vito Pau, who preached the homily.
Three nephews of Sr Doris from northern Queensland also came down to Melbourne to pay their last respect to their much respected Aunty Doris.
The principal of Dominic Savio primary school in Samoa, Sr. Lavalea, also flew across with her two students to farewell Sr Doris who spent the last 15 years in their community. The two students sang a beautiful Communion reflection song paying tribute to this amazing woman.
A number of Samoan friends also attended and paid respect to Sr Doris who spent a good part of her life in their home land. Sr Doris coffin was draped with a Samoan fine-mat during the Mass, and the mat was buried with her at the grave.
On behalf of the Salesian Sisters, Sr Delma Lamb FMA, thanked all those who attended the funeral, and those who helped in making a good send-off for Sr Doris.
May Sr Doris Barbero FMA, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, amen!