Sally Olsen

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Sally Olsen (10 April 1912 – 12 April 2006) was a Norwegian-born American social worker and missionary. She was a pioneer of evangelical and social work for criminals and for orphans and neglected children in San Juan, Puerto Rico,[1]

Sally Olsen was born in Bergen, Norway. She was the eldest of four girls. Her father died when she at five years old. In 1929, at age seventeen, Olsen and her family moved to the United States, where they first settled in Brooklyn, New York. Olsen attended the Bible school of Philadelphia Church in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago where she trained for the ministry and was ordained a minister.[2]

Olsen was a pioneer in social work for criminals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1952, she founded Sarons Rose, a day center mission for children with one or both parents in prison. She also served unofficially in the role of an unofficial prison chaplain in San Juan where she was nicknamed the Angel of Prisoners (El Angel de los Presos).[3] Her life was chronicled by Max Manus in 1975 and by E. Mentzen in 1987.[4]


  1. ^ "Missions:1945-1958". Philadelphia Church. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Sally Olsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sarons Rose". Maran Ata Menigheten. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Engelsviken, Tormod. "Sally Olsen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 

Related Reading[edit]

  • Mentzen, Av Egil (1987) Men Gud Ga Vekst: Jubileumsboken om Sarons Rose Sally Olsen - fangenes engel pa Puerto Rico (Baksidebilde) ISBN 978-8253142050
  • Manus, Max (1975) Sally Olsen : Fangenes engel i Puerto Rico (Oslo: Luther Forlag)