Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Iraqi nun, a convert, helps lead New England’s largest Catholic chaplaincy

Catholic World News - September 16, 2010

The National Catholic Register contains the extraordinary story of Sister Olga of the Eucharist Yaqob, an Iraqi convert to Catholicism who was recently appointed as co-director of the Catholic Center at Boston University, the largest university chaplaincy in New England.

Sister Olga was raised in the Assyrian Church of the East, a separated Eastern church whose communion with the Holy See ceased following the Council of Ephesus in 431. Her deep love for the Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Mother led her to minister to prisoners at Abu Ghraib and to found that church’s first women’s religious institute in 700 years. In time, her bishop asked her to leave the religious order she founded.

In 2001, she began studies in the United States, and four years later, she was received into the Catholic Church by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. “Since coming to America, I have found young people, in loneliness and despair, with a hopelessness invading their lives, brought about by the materialistic and hedonistic ideals of the society in which they find themselves,” she says.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: scotch meg - Sep. 16, 2010 6:30 PM ET USA

    Sr. Olga works miracles at the Boston University Catholic Center, helping students to discover and deepen their faith. She is the heart of an island of sanity on a secular campus. She is true to the Church and true to her mission. And she needs help! Recently she lost all diocesan funding.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days