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An Invitation to First Profession and Renewal of Vows

An Invitation to First Profession and Renewal of Vows

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:12
 
Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by TitianBy Pat Haggerty

What is your devotion to Mary like?  Do you have one?   Do you turn to Mary as an intercessor to the Lord for you?

As we celebrate the glorious feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I have asked myself the above questions---and more.  Do I pray the rosary enough?  Do I turn to Mary, as our Mother, for help and consolation?  Do I pray the “Magnificat” as my own prayer of resignation to our God?

Devotion to Mary can take many forms.  My own mother prays the rosary with Mother Angelica every night as she watches the broadcast on EWTN.  My aunt used to say this prayer in her time of desperation:  “Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”  Only she said it in French, which to her had much more impact. (O, Marie, conçus sans pêchés, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous.)  My own devotion to Mary was reinforced during elementary school.  We learned the beauty of the rosary and we celebrated that beauty with a May procession every year.

 
ASSUMPTIONIST BISHOP IN BRAZIL REDEDICATES HIS CATHEDRAL CHURCH

Bishop Jose Geraldo da Cruz, A.A.Almost five years ago, as I was admiring the recently renovated parish hall, I looked over at the cathedral and suddenly a Scripture passage  came to my mind from the lips of King David: “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the Lord dwells in a tent!” (II Samuel 7). The cathedral seemed ugly to me, especially the exterior; the interior, on the other hand, I found quite beautiful. And at that very moment I felt an urgent call within me. It was a call of love for the house of the Lord and I heard the voice of Christ saying, “Zeal for your house consumes me” (John 2:17). And that is how the adventure of renovating our cathedral church began.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 22:26
 
First Vespers of the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, at St. Peter in Gallicantu, Jerusalem

Statue of Peter's denial outside th Church of St. Peter-in-Gallicantu, JerusalemJERUSALEM - The Assumptionist Community of St. Peter in Gallicantu welcomed some 70 visitors for the annual celebration of First Vespers on the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, on Saturday evening, June 28, 2014, at 6:00pm. Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Nuncio and Apostolic Delegate, presided.

The Assumptionists inaugurated this event several years ago. Visitors are invited to begin the celebration on the stone stairway that dates to Maccabean times and on which Jesus certainly would have walked since it was one of the main thoroughfares between the Pool of Siloam and the Upper City. It was along this stairway that tradition locates the denial and repentance of Peter.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 02:10
 
VOCATION COORDINATOR HIRED

Nicholas ColluraIt is with great pleasure that the Assumptionists welcome Nicholas Collura to be the Vocation Coordinator for the U.S. Territory. Most directly, he will be working with the Vocation Director, Bro. Ronald Sibugan, A.A. and the Vocation Committee which also includes: Fr. Joseph Zhang, A.A., Bro. Blair Nuyda, A.A., Tomasz Jaster and Sr. Clare Bertero, O.S.F. The office for this newly created position will be located in Worcester.

 

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