Sister Paulina of Jesus

Paulina Munivoco Dau is the first Carmelite from the peoples of the South Pacific Islands to be called Home to the Lord. She was born at Lomeri, Fiji, on July 31, 1957, the seventh in a family of twelve children. Paulina was educated at Lomeri and Levuka. After some years in the work force and many colourful experiences she returned to her home village and was a very active Parishioner and Legionary of Mary. She made contact by mail with Auckland Carmel and in 1999 came for a three months 'Live-in, then returned to Fiji. She applied to enter the Monastery as a postulant and did so on August 25, 1999. She quickly adapted to the life of silence, work, prayer and good solid reading. She was eager and enthusiastic to learn new skills and doggedly persevered until she acquired them. Sr. Paulina was a reserved, perceptive and compassionate person with single-minded simplicity and integrity. At times too she was delightfully spontaneous. Her Profession of Vows took place on March 19, 2002. The following year, just six weeks after her annual renewal of vows, she was unexpectedly found to have terminal cancer. The disease rapidly took its course and Sr. Paulina died peacefully on July 11, 2003.