OLA Sisters Celebrate Feast Day

Congregation rejoices as order marks 140 years of service.

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The Feast Day of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, which takes place each year on the eve of Pentecost Sunday, will be celebrated across the congregation on May 14th.  This year’s Feast Day comes with added significance as 2016 marks the 140th anniversary since the founding of the OLA Sisters in 1876 by Augustine Planque, SMA.

Later this evening (May 13th), OLA Sisters across 19 countries and 3 continents will gather on the eve of the Feast Day and pray at their respective houses. While benefactors, supporters, helpers and volunteers from down through the years are prayed for daily, they are remembered in a special way as the congregation come together in prayer across the world later today.

The image of Mary with the Apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost forms the basis of the OLA ‘Cenacle Spirituality’.  The Apostles, now without Jesus following his Ascension into Heaven, find themselves in the Upper Room where they are frightened and full of fear.  Mary stays with the Apostles and prays with them.  Through her encouragement, the Apostles are filled with the Holy Spirit which enables them to go forth and serve God without fear. Today, this spirituality continues to enable OLA Sisters to be prayerfully in the Cenacle with Mary, while also alert to the needs of the world in which we live. 

"We join our Mother Mary with the Apostles in the Cenacle to await the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This makes the celebration a unique one - on one hand, we are filled with joy and on the other, we are subdued with expectancy; waiting for the Spirit to fill is with wisdom, courage and all we need to go out with audacity to all nations to preach the Crucified Crist to the people as the Aspostles did on the day of Pentecost and after."

- Sr. Felicia Harry, OLA Superior General.


Read more about about OLA spirituality here.