About Us

Our Lady’s Missionaries (OLM) is an international community of women who have devoted their lives to service by sharing life with the poor and least privileged. While focusing on children, families and women’s concerns, they work for global justice, peace and care for the earth.

OLM have established missions in various locations around the world including: Nigeria, the Philippines, Brazil. They have also provided short term support in places such as Vietnam, Thailand, Mozambique, East Timor and the Canadian North.

Some of their ministries include: home visiting; working with street children, advocacy for landless farmers; primary health care; HIV; promotion of mission education; advocacy for justice and peace; Out of the Cold program; Zen meditation and inter-faith dialogue; ministry to First Nation people.

History of Our Lady’s Missionaries


Our Lady’s Missionaries was founded in 1949, in Alexandria, Ontario, Canada under the direction of Msgr. Dan R. Macdonald. In 1959 the group relocated to Toronto. OLM receive members universally, who participate fully in the life and mission of the Congregation and the Church.

The first mission was opened in 1956 when four sisters went to Japan. In 1957 another mission was opened in Nigeria. As requests came from various countries, missions were opened in Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, and England. Short term support work has also been provided in Vietnam, Thailand, Mozambique, the Canadian North and East Timor.

Fr. Dan Macdonald

Fr. Dan R. Macdonald