PERSONAL VOCATION STORIES

My Vocation is a gift from God. My  name is  Kamila Nepa Matafeo. I came from Samoa. I’m the youngest of 11 children. My families are strong Catholics. The Salesian Sisters in Leauvaa where I come from have a group of girls call” Children of Mary”.  I joined them for over 20 years. I belonged to the Past pupils association, Youth group, and I also taught Catechism in the Parish.


I was interested in the “Come and See” program because the Sisters were talking and sharing about “Vocations” of the Religious Life, Single Life and Married life.  I listened and thought about it and I was also praying to God to show me the way of what is a good Vocation for me and for my life.  During the time of my reflection and discernment with the Sisters in the Come and See program, I decided to join the Salesian Sisters to follow Jesus  to do God’s  will. I entered in the convent and lived with the Sisters as a pre-candidate for one year and then I became a Postulant.  I learned to live in communion with the Sisters more closely in prayer life, community living and mission and so to detach myself and to be more open to God’s plan for me in my life. My journey in the Novitiate formation is a challenging experience because it helps me to grow in my faith journey and also in self-understanding of who I am as God created me in God's image and this gives meaning and joy to my life.  Sometimes I feel doubt of my vocation but I know God is always with me and I believe that God has a better plan for me and for my life to be the person God calls me to be. Therefore I decide to continue my journey with the Salesian Sisters wholeheartedly no matter what. 

During our novitiate journey, I also have apostolic experiences with the young people where we share the  Gospel values and also our spiritual journey. We pray together and also have some fun games which are inspired by Don Bosco and Maria Mazzarello to help young people to become good Christians and upright citizens. In reflecting on the quote from Pope Francis, “My Dear young people do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” I want to give my life to God to work with the young people, particularly with the most in need to help them to know how much God loves us in the Family spirit of the Salesian charism.
 

Sr Kamila Nepa Tafafeo

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