Our Story      

The Missionary Institute of the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) was founded in 1876 in Lyons (France) by Fr. Augustine Planque, the Co-Founder of the Society of African Missions (SMA). Their primary aim is Mission ad gentes, that is, mission to non-Christian peoples and situations, particularly in Africa, and with a particular attention to women.

Our name, Our Lady of Apostles was chosen by our Founder after he prayed at the tomb of St. Peter in Rome. It calls to remind us of the days in the Cenacle, when the tweleve apostles with Mary the mother of Jesus perserved in prayer for the comming of the Holy Spirit, before being sent out into the world to announce the Gospel.

Our spirituality is missionary. With the power of the Holy Ghost, following the example of the Apostles, with boldness even we put our whole life to the service of the Gospel.

Promoting the enculturation of Gospel values. Engaging in solidarity with non-violent action for the sake of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Promotion of women and the marginalised.

A quote from our founder, Augustine Planque, however sums up our life belief simply;

“To know and love God, so as to make him know and loved”.

These images were taken in the late 1800's or early 1900's in West Africa. Given that the second image refers directly to 'Lagos', it is quite probable that this particular image was taken in Lagos, Nigeria. Click hereto view more images from this early collection.