Click here to download this week’s bulletin. Jesus in the North End. Mass in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin will be celebrated by Sean Cardinal O’Malley at Saint Leonard Church at 7:30pm on August 15th followed by a social gathering in the Peace Garden. Music will be provided by a choir consisting of Seminarians, young adults, and a very special guest, Mother Olga & the Daughters of Nazareth.
Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, founder and mother servant of Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, was born and raised in Iraq. She lived through four wars. In 1993, as a young lay woman, she started a lay movement called Love Your Neighbor. She invited young men and women from Christian and Muslim communities to be part of this community to serve the needs of the poor in Iraq. In 1995 she established the order of Marth Maryam Sisters- Missionaries of the Virgin Mary, the first order for Religious Sisters in the Assyrian Church of the East in 700 years.
In her Iraq, Mother Olga was involved in pastoral ministry for the college students and youth in the parishes throughout Iraq. She also served the prisoners, homeless, elderly, and handicapped of war for many years. The Iraqi government gave her the Humanitarian Award for her service to the poorest of the poor there.
She has a BS in Biology and Hematology from Arbil University in Iraq and a MA in Philosophy and Theology from Babylon College that is affiliated with the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. She also has a Diploma in Islamic Studies and a certificate in Theology of The Body.
In summer 2009, Cardinal O’Malley gave her the permission to start a new apostolate on the Boston University campus called the Nazareth House. It was a house of prayer and discernment for young women. In April, 2011, Cardinal Séan Patrick O’Malley, entrusted to her the mission of establishing a new religious community of sisters in the Archdiocese of Boston, Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.
Please read more of her amazing story here and take part in this wonderful opportunity to meet her, Cardinal O’Malley, and the Daughters of Nazareth August 15th.