SMSM’s celebrate 80 years in Samoa

On Wednesday, the feast of the Assumption, St. Mary’s Primary School Savalalo and St. Mary’s College Vaimoso celebrated the 80th birthday Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM) in Samoa.

The Principal of St Marys College, Sister Sosefina Stowers, related that “In 1864, Bishop Battalion sent Sister Marie de la Merci to Samoa from Futuna, together with several girls. Her companions, Sister M. Rose of Lima, came from Wallis with some girls. On 6 June 1864 Sister’s Marie de la Merci and Rose arrived in Apia. They were two of the group of eleven “pioneers” who started the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM) in Samoa.”

Sister Sosefina said that over the years many Samoan women have joined the SMSMs and have in their turn “set out as missionaries from Samoa to other peoples and places around the world.”

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