OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Sr Aloisa, a life dedicated to prayer and service of others

Wednesday, 7 September 2005

Honiara (Fides Service) - Sister Aloisa Alathamalefao an important witness of the Catholic faith in this part of the world, died recently at the age of 96. The local Catholics thank God for the life of this exemplary native woman religious who leaves an indellible mark on the many places in which she served in pastoral work.
Born in 1909 at Taalu, for many years Aloisa worked with the Marianist Missionary Fathers. She devoted her long life with great zeal to teaching children, assisting parish priests and caring for the sick. She soon became a point of reference for the local Catholics who loved her as the “granny” of the community. For everyone she always had “a word of encouragement and wisdom and faith” they remember. Aloisa entered the convent in 1932 and made her perpetual vows in 1956 as a Daughter of Immacolate Mary. She served the people of God in various missions in Makira, Malaita, Guadalcanal. The Catholic community in Solomons gives thanks to God for the gift of Sr Aloisa, “she offered example that we will never forget”, they say.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 7/9/2005 righe 19 parole 210)