OLA Spirituality

The title, ‘Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles’ was given to us by our Founder Fr. Augustine Planque, SMA.

The image of Mary with the Apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost forms the basis of our ‘Cenacle Spirituality’.

OLA Spirituality is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality, a spirituality drawn from the experiences of St Ignatius of Loyola, from his inspired knowledge of God, as Trinity and his passionate love for Jesus Christ. It is a spirituality that “finds God in all things and finds all things in God” and requires us to be “contemplatives in action”.

Striving always for “the greater glory of God”, God’s will is sought through discernment rooted in prayer.

OLAs speak of having a ‘Cenacle Spirituality’ – something that our very title ‘Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles’ emphasises. We are in the Cenacle, the Upper Room, with Mary and the Apostles, imbibing a spirit of prayer, waiting on God, listening to God and then being compelled by the powerful impulse of the Spirit that drives us to witness to the Risen Christ.

This spirituality enables us to be prayerfully in the Cenacle with Mary, while also alert to the needs of the world in which we live. It is a continuous movement between prayer and work, best summed up by the words of our Founder when he says

“Live in most intimate union with God. Do not forget God’s presence in your lives, but bring Him with you wherever you go, into the heart of your works”.