I became a Catholic when I was born. Mrs Eva Schumkel, a Catholic friend of the family, asked my parents to have me baptised in the Catholic Church, and they willingly accepted.
I came to New Zealand in 1963 to explore further options about Religious Life as a Sister of Compassion. I liked the spirit of the Sisters and felt that this is where God wanted me to serve Him. I entered the Sisters of Compassion Novitiate in 1964, and was professed in 1967. I am the first Sister of Compassion from Tonga to make my final profession and have lived with the Sisters for 49 years.
I completed my Community Nurse training in 1972 and since then I have nursed in our different Homes of Compassion. I have also been to Tonga were I was involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry. In recent years I have worked in the Compassion Soup Kitchen here in Wellington. While working in the Soup Kitchen I have met many interesting people mainly volunteers working there.
During 1985-86, I travelled to Rome with Sister Josefa to attend the Arc Program, a year- long course in Religious formation. Included in the course was a visit to the Holy Land.
My present mission is here in Wellington where my journey as a Sister of Compassion began.
Born Entered Professed
12.11.1939 15.09.1964 19.03.1967