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Love For Children Inspires Sister Akeneta, 91

December 21
17:03 2016

Her love for children is the inspiration behind her calling as a nun.

Raised in a strong Catholic family in Vuaki, Yasawa, Sister Akeneta Nake, 91, described her childhood in Cawaci as the stepping stone to her life-time religious vocation.

“I see the nuns everyday teaching children, so I told myself that I will one day be a nun so that I could teach children as well,” said Sister Akeneta at the Sisters of Our Lady of Nazareth’s retirement home in Wailoku.

Sister Akeneta entered the Sisters of Our Lady of Nazareth convent in 1947, when she was only 21 years old.

For most young people being 21 means exploring the world, but for the soft spoken lady, it was a time to give praise to God.

In 1949, she was ordained a nun after three years of studies and mediating on the Word of God.

“My father was a church clergy. My younger brother was the late Archbishop Petero Mataca, and I also have niece who is a nun and three nephews who are priests,” she said.

“I am thankful to God for his provisions in my life because I believe I have done His will.”

She taught in many schools in Vanua Levu, Vanuakula and Natovi. She is the oldest nun at the Home.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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