OLA Remembrance Day 2019


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The Irish Embassy in Nigeria recently shared this photo taken at the old Dutch Cemetery in Elmina, Ghana.  The headstone is of Sr Perpetua OLA, born 1865, died 1890.

The OLA Sisters opened a school for girls in Elmina way back in March 1884. Life was difficult and those first missionaries to Ghana were plagued by illness and death; epidemics of blackwater fever, yellow fever and malaria.

Last Saturday, 29th June, we celebrated our biennial Remembrance Day at Ardfoyle Convent, Cork; remembering all OLA Sisters from the Province who are buried in Ireland and in graveyards across the African continent.

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There were over 250 people present as we celebrated mass with the family and friends of the departed. 

The book of necrology, containing details of each OLA sister, was placed before the altar during the Holy Mass.

After the mass, those gathered proceeded to the Ardfoyle Cemetery for the blessing of the graves.

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Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May theirr souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.