OLA Feast Day


Special Feast Day Mass to be celebrated in Ardfoyle by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

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The Feast Day of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles [OLA] is to be celebrated on May 19th, the eve of Pentecost.

To mark the Feast Day this Saturday, the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, will celebrate a special mass at Ardfoyle Convent.

The OLA Sisters were founded, Fr. Augustin Planque, SMA, in 1876. One hundred and forty two years later, the dreams of Fr. Planque continue to flourish.

OLA Sisters across 19 countries and 3 continents will gather on the eve of the Feast Day [May 18th] 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 on the eve of the Feast Day.

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. 

Our Lady of Apostles, Pray for Us!