Sr Emema Iakopo Talo FMA offered herself to God for life for the service of the young as a Salesian Sister on Saturday 13th December at St Anne’s Minor Basilica in Leulumoega in Samoa.
The joyful Eucharist was presided over by the Archbishop of Samoa, Most Rev. Alapati Lui Mataeliga. The Provincial Leader of the Salesian Sisters, Edna-Mary MacDonald, together with many Sisters from Australia and Samoa participated in the Eucharist. A few Salesian priests and Samoan diocesan priests concelebrated in the Eucharist too.
Sr Emema was joined by her parents, brothers and sisters, many relatives and friends’ religious and non-religious alike.
During his homily, the Archbishop emphasized the importance of ‘Service’ not as consecrated religious but also as ordinary Christians to all people. Following the homily, Sr Emema made her Final Profession to Sr Edna-Mary MacDonald who accepted her with much delight and love. Sr Delma Lamb and Sr Doris Barbero acted as official witnesses to the Final Profession.
A group of senior students, three teachers and the Rector from the Salesian College Rupertswood in Melbourne also attended the event to support Sr Emema and thank God for her life.
Following the Eucharist, a special lunch was served in the Paul VI school hall with a lively entertainment.
Fr Sefo Mulipola SDB said the blessing over the meal while Fr Will Matthews SDB was invited to pray over the Profession Cake for Sr Emema.
It was an event to remember. Every participant enjoyed taking part in this Eucharist to thank God for the life of Sr Emema.
Congratulations Sr Emema. May God bless you and keep you all the days of your consecrated life.