Ola In Argentina


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The history of the Congregation Our Lady of Apostles, specially in Argentine. Author. Sr. Patricia Mc Menamin, ola

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Ola In Argentina

  1. 1. Congregation of Our Lady of apostles <ul><li>“ It was my lot to found a little congregation…” </li></ul>
  2. 2. LYON <ul><li>Lyon with Fourviere in the background. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The two rivers meet in Lyon </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE MOTHER HOUSE IN LYON <ul><li>The Mother House at Venissieux, Lyon </li></ul><ul><li>1881 - 1971 </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Entrance to motherhouse </li></ul><ul><li>1881 -1971 </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Our Lady of Apostles </li></ul><ul><li>– a large painting </li></ul><ul><li>Originally in the motherhouse </li></ul>
  7. 7. Transit City <ul><li>1973 – 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>“ La cite de transit “ - the “transit city” for many of Lyon’s poor and immigrants from other countries. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The city wanted an OLA community on the site of the old motherhouse and so there is a community now in the area called Barbusse. </li></ul>
  9. 9. LA CASA GENERAL EN ROMA <ul><li>1978 – The new Generalate in Rome – after spending some time in Monte Sacro, the house belonging to the Italian Province. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>1884:the novitiate was opened in Cork. </li></ul>
  11. 11. IRELAND <ul><li>Ardfoyle in 1884 – the first house in Ireland </li></ul>
  12. 12. ITALY <ul><li>The first house in Italy, BARDELLO, in the north of of the country and presently renewed for the senior Sisters </li></ul>
  13. 13. Early Missionaries <ul><li>1877: 3 Sisters went to Dahomey. </li></ul><ul><li>1878: Other Sisters landed in Lagos Nigeria. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to the climate many Sisters died at a young age. </li></ul>
  14. 14. APOSTOLATES <ul><li>Apostolates in africa: </li></ul><ul><li>Women and family </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Clinics </li></ul><ul><li>Home visits </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Contact with women was vital for the formation of the family and for the spread of the Gospel. </li></ul>
  16. 16. LYONS TODAY <ul><li>The present Provincial house in France. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Let joy dominate as I go to the One to whom I have given my life… <ul><li>Sr. Marie Claire Charles, former Provincial of France who died on </li></ul><ul><li>27 April 2007 </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>A group of Sisters in Lyons – various apostolates. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>A Card game in the community of Colmar. </li></ul><ul><li>Sitting at the table on the left is Agnes Bourdry who spent many years in Argentina. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Haute Gaulaine – a home for the retired Sisters. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Pommiers – a home for the retired Sisters in the country. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Post Vatican II <ul><li>After Vatican II there was an appeal from Rome for congregations to found in South America to help the Church to open its doors to the wider mission </li></ul>
  23. 23. INVITACION <ul><li>Cardenal Primatesta was the Archbishop of Cordoba. SMA first went there in 1963 </li></ul><ul><li>In 1980 John Healy in SMA contacted OLA in Rome. This was later followed by a direct appeal from the Cardinal for Sisters. </li></ul>
  24. 24. CORDOBA <ul><li>The Appeal from SMA and Cardinal Primatesta was for OLA Sisters to do mission animation. </li></ul><ul><li>1982: Sr. Marciana and council after consultation decided to send Sisters to Cordoba </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Suarez was chosen as the place for the first community. </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation date: 24 September 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>Three Sisters formed the first community </li></ul>
  26. 26. First community in Suarez, Cordoba <ul><li>Anne Barry </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Hohmann </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole Rivard con amig@s </li></ul>
  27. 27. A villa near Suarez <ul><li>Sr. Luigina from Italy visits the families in the villa. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Sr. Kathleen Mc Garvey renews her vows in Suarez with Sr. Marie Rose Begue at her side. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Camilla, Agnes Haverty, Assumpta Mordi, Jacqueline Paterni with newly arrived postulants. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Los Olmos – second community in Cordoba <ul><li>Agnes Bourdry from France and Nicole Rivard from Canada with </li></ul><ul><li>Fr. Marcos in their new small house. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Mission Animation <ul><li>Los Olmos was located in another area of Cordoba. Sisters did pastoral work and also a lot of mission animation with SMA. They went to parishes, schools and into other dioceses. Often they conducted novenas in preparation for Mission weeki=. </li></ul>
  32. 32. VILLA LIBERTADOR <ul><li>From Los Olmos it was deceded to move to a more needy barrio in Villa El Libertador. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture shows </li></ul><ul><li>Agnes Bourdry </li></ul><ul><li>Monique Lacombe </li></ul><ul><li>Monique Matton </li></ul>
  33. 33. Parish retreat <ul><li>A parish retreat – with Sr. Sophia Amegashie and friends of the basic Christian communities. These still function very well even though there is no Sister free to accompany them directly. </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Health care in Cordoba – a home for the terminally ill run by the NGO “Manos Abiertas” or “Open Hands” </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Falola trained the volunteers and now Edel is a fultime nurse with the NGO </li></ul>
  35. 35. POPULAR RELIGIOSITY <ul><li>Popular religiosity – annual novenas, processions and “Dressing the statue of Mary” </li></ul><ul><li>Bolivian festival in the barrio </li></ul>
  36. 36. Bolivian Feast <ul><li>The Statue of Mary is “dressed” at the end of the novena and after mass is carried through the barrio on the Feast. </li></ul>
  37. 37. QUILMES <ul><li>Marie Rose Begue </li></ul><ul><li>Gabrielle Farrell </li></ul><ul><li>Kathleen Mc Garvey </li></ul><ul><li>Cordelia Ogene </li></ul><ul><li>Agnes Haverty </li></ul><ul><li>Sophia Amegashie </li></ul><ul><li>Sandra Mazzanti </li></ul><ul><li>Patricia Robledo </li></ul><ul><li>Monique Lacombe </li></ul><ul><li>Liliana Parlanti </li></ul><ul><li>These are the sisters who liveded in Quilmes </li></ul>
  38. 38. Women opting with the poor <ul><li>One of Agnes’ apostolates in Quilmes was CARITAS. </li></ul><ul><li>While she was there a pharmacy was opened and now a lay woman continues to give a great service. </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>Mission feast – communities from Buenos Aires joined the community at Quilmes to celebrate Mission Sunday, </li></ul>
  40. 40. Mission Mass <ul><li>The five continents are represented. </li></ul><ul><li>The mission rosary is very popular especially for the Holy Childhood – a different colour for each continent. </li></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><li>Mission animation among families </li></ul><ul><li>On this mission Sunday the life of Sr. Christian Philippon was acted out – Christian was killed in Tchad at Christmas 2006 </li></ul>
  42. 42. BUENOS AIRES <ul><li>The house purchased in 2002 from the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion. A community of 3 Sisters reside here now – </li></ul><ul><li>Agnes Haverty, </li></ul><ul><li>Lilian Gonzalez, </li></ul><ul><li>Georgina Quayson </li></ul>
  44. 44. HOUSE OF FORMATION <ul><li>Mariela Rocchietti made her first profession in 2005 and is now in Nigeria. </li></ul><ul><li>Here photographed with her father, two friends and Sr. Gabrielle Farrell who was her formator. </li></ul>
  45. 45. WOMEN OF FAITH <ul><li>Women of FAITH: </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing that faith in parishes, with groups and families and even with the business people after work </li></ul>
  46. 46. Circles of the Virgin Mary <ul><li>Bible meetings are held in homes where some of the neighbours gather to pray with the Scripture using a prayer format prepared by the Archdiocese. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Meeting of business people after work <ul><li>This group meets twice a month after closing the premises. Agnes leads the Bible meeting and all share. The meeting is held in the shop of the person hosting it. </li></ul>
  48. 48. <ul><li>Perhaps it is the only meeting where the men are often in the majority! </li></ul>
  49. 49. Retreat day <ul><li>Women of prayer – sharing with people, offering a day of prayer with a group of lay people from Quilmes. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Infancia Misionera <ul><li>Sharing with the youth. Our first aim in coming to Argentina was to do mission animation. The “Holy Childhood” is one of the main means of doing so. </li></ul>
  51. 51. Friends of OLA <ul><li>For the past few years meetings have been held in an effort to form a group of OLA friends. As yet there is no structure but the interest of people is very striking. </li></ul>
  52. 52. This little light of mine…. <ul><li>Praying for the five continents during another gathering of friends . </li></ul>
  54. 54. Reflecting together <ul><li>A second meeting with friends – it is evident that this group are searching for a way of prayer in their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection on Our Lady of Apostles from the Padre Planque reflection sheets. </li></ul>
  55. 55. <ul><li>Visits to the sick and elderly in their homes or in homes for senior men and women who no longer can live at home. </li></ul>
  56. 56. CHACARITA <ul><li>CHACARITA a new barrio in Buenos Aires. </li></ul><ul><li>IMRS funded a container which is now a small clinic and a meeting place for adults and children </li></ul>
  57. 57. <ul><li>Everyone has ideas and there is room for all. </li></ul>
  59. 59. <ul><li>FORMOSA – </li></ul><ul><li>Febrero 06 </li></ul><ul><li>Monique Lacombe </li></ul><ul><li>Claudia Quipildor </li></ul><ul><li>Jacqueline Tapsoba </li></ul>
  60. 60. The parish <ul><li>Some of the parishioners with Fr. Miguel and Bishop Conejero. </li></ul>