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Sr Mary Camilleri - My Story
Sr Mary Camilleri - My StoryI was born and brought up in Malta until I was seventeen and a half years.  In those days it was considered a privilege to have a son or daughter called to become a priest or a nun. Also, many young people belonged to a Catholic organisation for religious studies. First I belonged to the Christian Doctrine Association, later on I joined the Catholic Action Group. We were always urged to go to daily Mass and to receive Holy Communion before we went to school. All this was good basis for my vocation.

One day, in June 1957, the President of the Catholic Action told us that two Sisters of Sion came over to Malta from England to speak about their Congregation and the work they do. We were invited to a talk with slides, showing their work in the schools and convent. That same evening I went to the talk with some friends and to further meetings during the week.  I was getting interested in the notion of praying for the Jewish people, the race through whom Mary and Jesus came. I became very attracted to their work, so I went to visit the sisters privately. There were two sisters, one was French and the other one was Maltese from the same town I came from. When they saw that I was very interested in their mission they suggested that I could join them in September of that same year, which was a couple of months later! This proposal came to me as a big shock, but stuck in my mind and I had to answer this call somehow.

This obviously was a very big decision to make, but as I was very young, I only thought of my needs and the wonderful opportunity God was putting before me for a new beginning. Of course this meant that I had to leave my family, my country my culture and having to speak in a different language. All of a sudden, I had a number of things to consider and deal with, especially that I wanted to enter a Congregation abroad, which was the hardest thing for my parents to accept. However, I did join the Sisters of Sion in September 1957 and made profession in 1960. (Fifty years ago). It all seems like yesterday and I thank God for my religious vocation and for all that I have achieved since I entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion. It was never a bed of roses. The main thing was that in difficulties, I had to keep my mind focused on God’s call, live each day as best as I could and be thankful for all the daily graces that God gave me. He called me to the religious life and I trust that He will always look after me.


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  • Sr Mary Camilleri - My Story
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