Mother Yvonne's Visit to Malolololei


26 February 2016 | General Interest


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In late February, the entire school travelled up to Malolololei to witness the Final Profession of Sister Sovita, who made her final vows in the presence of Mother Yvonne Ruengoat, the Mother General of the Salesian Sisters. The beautiful Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Alapati and incorporated a numerous Samoan customs. Following the lovely Mass the staff, students and other guests made their way up to the Sisters new house, which was officially blessed and opened by the Archbishop. Then the part commenced. The air was filled with laughter, talking, music, dance and song. The atmosphere was electric. Various schools which operate under the Salesian banner had been invited to perform on the day. The performances included a variety of different acts,encompassing a mixture of both traditional Samoan song and dance, as well as modern music. In the lead up to the performance, many rehearsals had been held. More than 150 of our Don Bosco boys, sitting in rows, cross legged on the floor, listening and copying the head Siva teacher – Ioane Petone, as he patiently taught the boys the songs that they would perform at the concert. After waiting patiently for what seemed like hours, and being very supportive to the other performers, especially the younger children, the Don Bosco boys finally took to the stage. Dressed in traditional Samoan costume, our boys danced and sang and literally brought the house down. The energy and passion radiating from the boys was so high, that multiple people got up to dance with them, or cheered loudly from their seats. A day filled with blessings and love, and one that nobody is likely to ever forget.