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YOUNG VIETNAMESE OF THE ASSUMPTION FAMILY GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR PDF Print E-mail

Young Vietnamese of the Assumption Family gather to celebrate the New YearIn late February, Vietnamese brothers and sisters of the Assumption Family in formation in Europe gathered at an Assumptionist retreat center outside of Paris to celebrate together the Asian New Year (Têt) around the theme of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato si'.

In spite of the wintry weather, spring was still in the air, at least a little bit… with daylight expanding, some wildflowers blossoming, and sap in trees begin to flow more swiftly.

More than fifty of us came to usher in the Year of the Rooster.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:42
 
CNN Sr. Vatican Analyst, Crux Editor to Deliver Address at Assumption College’s Centennial Commencement PDF Print E-mail

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College to Bestow Honorary Doctorates Upon Founder of Worcester Regional Research Bureau,
Exec. Dir. of Catholic African-American Scholarship Organization During May 14 Ceremony

WORCESTER, MA (March 13, 2017) — This spring, Assumption College will celebrate its centennial commencement, an event that has evolved and grown tremendously, from two graduates in the Class of 1917 to nearly 700 in the Class of 2017 who will receive either an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree or certificate of advanced graduate study. While much has changed since that inaugural ceremony, the College’s commitment to educating students in the Catholic tradition has endured.

John L. Allen, Jr., editor of Crux

To commemorate this milestone, John L. Allen, Jr., editor of Crux, a publication that focuses on news of the Vatican and Catholic Church, willdeliver the address at the College’s 100th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14 at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester. Allen, Mary Lou Jennings, executive director of the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation, and Roberta Schaefer, Ph.D., founder and former president of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony recognizing their dedicated work to community service and living lives that reflect the values of the College’s mission that include critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 15:01
 
ASSUMPTION COLLEGE CAMPUS MINISTRY - MIGRATION FOCUS OF 2017 LENTEN JOURNEY PDF Print E-mail

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WORCESTER, MA (March 8, 2017)—In celebration of the College’s partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a global humanitarian organization, Assumption College’s Office of Campus Ministry will focus on the theme of migration during this Lenten season. Opportunities to learn about Catholic teaching on migration, to pray for migrants, and advocate on behalf of migrants will be made available through a number of events:

  • Screening of The Vigil
    Tuesday, March 21, 7-9 p.m.
    Room 112 (Alden Trust Auditorium), Kennedy Hall

The Vigil is told from the viewpoint of a female immigrant, Gina, and a small group of her fellow undocumented single mothers, Rosa and Maria, who live in fear of deportation in the state of Arizona. Unwilling to just merely survive, Gina becomes a leader of a vigil and her journey to create refuge for the immigrant community in the face of Arizona’s groundbreaking anti-immigration law takes her all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The filmmakers describe it as “a story of those who are not considered American, making American history.” Director Jenny Alexander and film advisor on immigration issues, Alexandra Piñeros Shields, will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

A candlelight prayer will follow the event at 9 p.m. in the Assumption College Chapel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:24
 
CONVERSATIONS IN BRIGHTON - PATHWAYS OF LIFE AS SINGLE AND CATHOLIC IN TODAY'S WORLD PDF Print E-mail

Conversations at the Assumptionist Center - March 19, 2017

 Conversations at the Assumptionist Center - March 19, 2017 - pdf file

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:27
 
ASSUMPTION COLLEGE - VILLANOVA SCHOLAR TO EXPLORE AUGUSTINE'S VIEWS ON PEACE AND JUST WAR PDF Print E-mail

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WORCESTER, MA (March 6, 2017)—Fr. Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A, S.T.D., Ph.D., director of The Augustinian Institute and theology professor at Villanova University, will deliver the College’s Annual Augustine Lecture on the towering figure of St. Augustine of Hippo, the great early Christian theologian who profoundly influenced the development of Western Christianity. Fr. Fitzgerald’s lecture will be held on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Salon of Assumption’s La Maison building, located at 500 Salisbury Street.

Fr. Fitzgerald’s lecture, entitled “Augustine: Reaching for Peace in This World,” will address Augustine’s attitude toward peace-in-action. It is often said that, for Augustine, perfect peace in this life is unattainable. Perfection, of course, must await the fullness of time in just about everything. But, Augustine also accepted the benefit of human efforts for peace in this time, engaging the imperfect world and culture in which he lived in human ways. It is, in fact, more interesting and more accurate to talk about his thought and dedication to peace than to pretend that he had theory about just war. Fr. Fitzgerald’s lecture will address that contrast and begin to frame Augustine's attitude toward peace-in-action.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:25
 
ASSUMPTIONIST EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE CONGREGATION'S DAILY LA CROIX RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS PONTIFICAL AWARD PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Dominique GreinerThe Pontifical foundation, Centesimus annus-Pro Pontifice, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in the Holy See Press Office, announced the third “Economy and Society” International Award, to promote knowledge of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, and the International Congress “Constructive Alternatives in an Era of Global Turmoil”.

The winners are: for the International Award, the German Professor Markus Vogt, for his work Prinzip Nachhaltigkeit. Ein Entwurf aus theologisch-ethischer Perspektive, Monaco 2013; and for the prizes for journalists, instituted this year, the French Assumptionist Fr. Dominique Greiner, whose prize-winning blog “La doctrine social sur le fil”, is published on the website of the daily “La Croix”, and the German Burkhard Schäfers, for his radio show “Oswald von Nell-Breuning - Was von der katholischen Soziallehre geblieben ist”, a Jesuit who was one of the pioneers in promoting the principle of subsidiarity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:37
 
ASSUMPTION PROFESSOR SELECTED FROM COMPETITIVE FIELD TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR TO HELP STUDENTS DISCOVER THEIR CALLING PDF Print E-mail

Assumption College Associate Professor of Spanish Esteban Loustaunau, Ph.D.WORCESTER, MA (February 6, 2017) —Assumption College Associate Professor of Spanish Esteban Loustaunau, Ph.D., has been selected among a number of professors from throughout the country to participate in a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) summer seminar on Teaching Vocational Exploration. The seminar will provide valuable information to enhance the College’s Sophomore Initiative at Assumption (SOPHIA) Program.

Assumption’s SOPHIA Program is designed to help students discover a deeper connection between their spiritual, personal and professional lives by combining residential, academic and travel opportunities under the guidance of four dedicated faculty mentors. SOPHIA strives to foster a culture of vocational exploration at Assumption College that will help students pursue productive lives of meaning. As director of SOPHIA, Professor Loustaunau teaches students and also assists faculty members who serve as small-group mentors to students in the program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:36
 
Meet Assumptionist Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou: Bringing West African Youth Together PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou, A.A.In 2009 the Assumptionists, under the leadership of Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou, launched a new and ambitious initiative, called African Integration Trips (AIT). African Integration Tours are organized by the Youth Network for African Integration (YNAI) and are tours of inter-African cultural discovery. The main objective is to transmit to African and Afro-descendant youth the ideal of a plural, integrated and united Africa, in its religious, cultural and political aspects. The AITs have a strong educative and civil dimension. Every year, a tour tackles a specific theme and proposes to participants: training, workshops and conferences that include history, economics, entrepreneurship, the arts, humanities, etc.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 16:27
 
FORMER ASSUMPTIONIST CENTER RESIDENT ORDAINED DEACON PDF Print E-mail

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Published in Diocesan /Vermont Catholic Magazine
Photo by Cori Fugere Urban/Vermont Catholic

Two men were ordained to the diaconate Feb. 11 at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester: one to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Burlington and one to the transitional diaconate as he prepares for priestly ordination as a member of the Society of St. Edmund, the order that founded the college.

Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne ordained Philip J. Lawson to the permanent diaconate and Edmundite Brother Michael R. Carter to the transitional diaconate.

“Today, in this church, two roads are about to diverge: one road moving forward into the transitional diaconate, the witness of celibacy, and -- all things being equal -– ordination to the priesthood as a member of the Edmundite religious order, and the other road leading into the permanent diaconate, a continuing witness to the sacrament of marriage and the gift of family,” Bishop Coyne said in his homily after reading from “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:42
 
NEW ASSUMPTIONIST HIGH SCHOOL OPENS IN NAIROBI SUBURBS PDF Print E-mail

The Assumptionist motto ART and the Kenyan flag are featured at the school entrance.On January 16th, 2017, a dream became a reality for the Assumptionists of the East African Region. After years of planning and recruiting, the doors of the new Assumption High School for Boys and Girls opened its doors. Rooms were being painted, floors swept, classrooms and kitchen equipped, security gates put in the place, books and offices arranged, shrubbery planted, blackboards installed right up until the last minute.

The school is located within the boundaries of the Assumptionist parish of St. Monica on the way to Nairobi’s international airport, and more specifically in the Katwa neighborhood where the Assumptionists maintain an outstation and the house for postulants. Fr. Ignatius SILIOLIO MATONGWA, who completed his M.A. in educational administration, has been named headmaster and Fr. Benard ODHIAMBO YALA the school’s treasurer. Both attended the Assumptionist international education congress. They expressed their gratitude for this gathering which helped them to understand better the fundamental characteristics of an education inspired by the educational vision of the Assumptionist founder, Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon.

The Assumptionists run high schools, universities, and language centers on five continents, in ten countries.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2017 01:52
 
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