Malia Simione – reaching out to touch lives

‘I am the servant of the Lord. Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.’ I am very privileged to have worked in the Diocese of Tonga and Niue for most of the years I have been a Sister of Mercy.

Again, I am very grateful to the Sisters of Mercy for the opportunity to educate, train and prepare to meet the challenges of the years.

First, I worked in formal education, then informal education, then adult education, social work and Education for Christian Living (ECL). I trained as a counselor and a spiritual director. I was asked to work as an advisor for Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and during these years CWL started the Centre for Women and Children funded from New Zealand, the Legal Literacy Project funded by Britain and the Tongan Craft Centre funded by Australia.

With all the experiences I had, I was then urged, encouraged and challenged to move on to family needs, adult education, human rights – especially women’s and children’s rights; and to stop violence against women and children. I have moved on to Parish pastoral work and Education for Christian Living from kindergarten to secondary school level.

I reflect and am always aware on how privileged I am to be able to reach out and touch others’ lives, so delicate and beautiful. Together with Mary, Mother of Mercy; to visit, to meet people and to be a carrier of the “womb love” of God. I go out to the people with little and come back being enriched and with so much.