Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart
Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart is the founder and mother servant of Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. She lived through four wars in the Middle East. In 1993, as a young laywoman, she started a 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 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.
In her homeland, Mother Olga was involved in pastoral ministry for college students and youth in the parishes. She also served the prisoners, homeless, elderly and handicapped of war for many years. The Minister of Public Health gave her the Humanitarian Award for service to the poorest of the poor there.
She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and hematology and a Master of Arts in philosophy and theology from a college affiliated with the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. She also has a certificate in Theology of The Body.
She came to the United States in 2001 for studies where she received 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. For 2010-2011, she was named University Chaplain for the Roman Catholic community at Boston University.
She was received into the Roman Catholic Church on Sept. 8, 2005, in the Archdiocese of Boston. Cardinal Séan Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap, received her perpetual vows on Dec. 8, 2005.
In April 2008, she received the award of Religious Sister of the Year at the Boston Catholic Women’s Conference. On Nov. 29, 2015, Cardinal O’Malley presented her with the Cheverus Award at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. In May 2018, she received the Assyrian American National Federation Humanitarian Award.
In 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 2011, Cardinal 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.