Ireland has a very strong missionary tradition. As part of that tradition, for over 140 years, OLA Sisters have been leaving Irish shores to work in parts of Africa and more recently Argentina, spreading the Gospel message of love and working in practical ways to improve the quality of people's lives.


Throughout the world the faithful reflect on the universal call to Mission of all the baptized and they are invited to contribute what they can to support the development and growth of the young churches throughout the world.

Mission is an instrument of communion which obliges us to be concered with the joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties of all people, especially the poor and the marginalised, and to be actively involved in trying to change their situation, and bring about peace where there is conflict. The Church of it's very nature is missionary and in this context lay missionaries have a very important role to play.

Proclamation of the Kingdom

Augustine Planque, founder of OLA showed the strength and audacity of one who lives only for the missions. If he was able to have an overflowing activity, a capacity to analyse situations and events with intelligence and lucidity, to foresee the follow-up with accuracy and perspicacity, it was because his faith, his trust in God was nourished each day in a deep heart to heart talk with God.

He never stopped contemplating the mysteries of God, drinking from the fountain of Revelation through continuous reading and meditation of Holy Scripture. That is where we find the essentials of what A. Planque borrowed from St. Ignatius: “God, found in all things: in prayer, as in apostolic action”.