Provincial Leader of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA), Sr. Perpetua Cecilia Acquah has emphasized the profound impact of the OLA Sisters’ work, urging the congregation to reflect on the countless lives touched and transformed throughout their 140-year journey.
Speaking at the Climax Mass of the 140th-anniversary celebration of the OLA Sisters in Ghana on Saturday, December 30, in Elmina, Ghana, Sr. Perpetua spoke about the intersection of the past and the future, expressing hope and anticipation for the challenges and opportunities that the next 140 years would bring to the OLA Sisters.
“The enduring spirit and commitment of the OLA Sisters make us confident that our vision for a brighter and more equitable future remains as relevant as ever,” she declared.
Sr. Perpetua called upon her colleague Sisters not to forget the profound impact of their compassionate work.
“Let us not forget the countless lives that have been touched, transformed through our work. Today’s celebration is proof of the dedication and hard work of each one of you,” she said.
The OLA Sisters, founded in 1876, responded to the urgent need for Sisters to aid SMA Fathers in their evangelization efforts, focusing on empowering women and marginalized communities. The missionary work, which began in Dahomey in 1883, has since expanded across Africa, leaving a lasting legacy in regions such as Elmina, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Accra, and Sunyani.
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
"Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you."
So Jonah made... ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD'S bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day's walk announcing, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"
when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.
Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: "Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand.
Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish."
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.