Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, the founder and mother servant of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, will deliver a talk titled, “In the Church, With the Church, For the Church,” to the Christendom community as part of the Major Speakers Program on Monday, March 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the college’s St. Lawrence Commons.
Mother Olga was born in Iraq and lived through four wars in Middle East. In 1993, as a young lay woman, she started a lay movement called Love Your Neighbor, where she invited young men and women from Christian and Muslim communities to come together to serve the needs of the poor in a war-torn area. 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. Later, the Minister of Public Health gave her the Humanitarian Award for her service to the poorest of the poor.
Mother Olga earned her B.S. in biology and hematology and an M.A. in philosophy and theology from a college that is affiliated with the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. She also earned a certificate in Theology of the Body. She came to the United States in 2001 for further studies, receiving her master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. From 2002-2011, she was involved in the campus ministry of the Catholic Center at Boston University. She was received into the Roman Catholic Church on September 8, 2005, in the Archdiocese of Boston.
In 2008, Mother Olga received the award for Religious Sister of the Year at the 2008 Boston Catholic Women’s Conference. Later, she also was awarded the Saint Paul the Apostle Award from the office of the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Boston, an honorary Scarlet Key Award from Boston University, the Bowie Kuhn Special Award for Evangelization at the Legatus 2012 Annual Summit, and the Assyrian American National Federation Humanitarian Award and the Saint Edmund’s Medal of Honor.
In summer 2009, Mother Olga was given permission to start a new apostolate on the Boston University campus called the Nazareth House — a house of prayer and discernment for young women. In 2011, she was entrusted with the mission of establishing a new religious community of sisters in the Archdiocese of Boston, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.
Christendom College’s Major Speaker Program offers the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society. Previous speakers include George Wiegel, Scott Hahn, Marcus Grodi, Ken Cuccinelli, and others.
To listen or watch past Major Speaker lectures, please visit media.christendom.edu.