Sisters of our Lady of Apostles

SMA OLA Mission

Action for Dialogue

Today, October 27th SMA and OLA Missionaries around the world commemorate a day of promotion of interreligious Dialogue. It is of great importance to reflect on some of the vital and edifying points that are enumerated in the Encyclical of Pope Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti) in our world today. The document, which was published on the 3rd of October 2020, begins by stating that our call to love others as brothers and sisters, even when they are far from us, is a call to open fraternity, a love without boundaries and conditions. The encyclical consists of eight chapters, each exploring principles of friendship and unity in a time of growing division, with a focus on the human family in a post-COVID world.We shall try to reflect on some of the chapters in the Encyclical that can enrich our missionary venture on fraternal dialogue as enumerated by Pope Francis. Read more here

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SMA-OLA Seminar: Calavi, Benin

Our two Missionary Institutes, the Society of African Missions (SMA) and the  Congregation of the Sisters of OUr Lady of Apostles (OLA) are on a pilgrimmage  “Towards 2026”. In 2026 we will have a triple celebration: 150 years since the foundation of the OLA COngregation; 170 years since the foundation of the SMA and 200 years since the birth of Fr. Augustine Planque SMA; a man who the venerable Bishop  Marion de Brésillac, founder of the SMA,  gave the responsibility for realizing his dream for Africa. This occasion will help all our members to  imbibe our rich spiritual heritage and rediscover and recommit to a creative living out of our mission in fidelity to our common charism for our day. This journey which consists of four parts: the Historic, the Experiential, the Hermeneutic and the Reinterpretation or Adaptation phase,  is set to give a renewed impulse to our charism with fidelity to our roots and missionary audacity. In the historical phase we have taken a walk together into the past, looking at some aspects of our common history focusing on specific issues and  epoch  – 1856 to 1920. This helped us to put in perspective the intuition of our founders, the immense courage of our early fathers and sisters and how these marked the identity of our two Institutes. With the experiential phase, we were able to gather together, recognize and celebrate the missionary experiences and spontaneous responses of our members to the needs of mission today through the diversity [...]

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