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Associates Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA) PDF Print E-mail

2009-2010 AMA's are serving in Ecuador, Mexico, New Mexico, Worcester, MA, England, and the PhilippinesSince 1960, Associate Missionaries of the Assumption, the lay volunteer branch of the Religious of the Assumption and the Assumptionists, have been serving domestically and abroad. While at their sites, AMA volunteers have been finding new insight into God's gifts through service to others. It is through their service that they come to understand more fully the words of Blessed Marie Eugenie, Foundress of The Religious of the Assumption: "Love never remains idle: it makes us creative and impels us to heed all the appeals of the world and to find new ways of answering them."

2008-2009 AMA's served in Mexico City, Worcester, New Mexico, the Philippines, England, and , Ecuador AMA Mission

AMA is a lay community of persons whose life and mission are rooted in the love of Jesus Christ and His Church. Their lives are marked by bearing witness to:
- a community life characterized by a commitment to personal and communal growth, the values of a simple lifestyle, and the spirituality of the contemplative in action, and a spirit of trust;
- a prayer life deeply rooted in Jesus and Mary, the celebration of the Eucharist, and the celebration of prayer in community;
- a life in mission impelled by the faith to work for the Christian transformation of society, which comes from faith.

What's It Like to Be an AMA?

AMA volunteers see and experience life through the eyes of others: those to whom they minister and those with whom they live. Living in community with other volunteers, AMA's find the support of peers and shared experiences. In addition, AMA's will receive guidance from the Religious of the Assumption and the Assumptionists, women and men who have vowed to live a life dedicated to service to God, education, and community living. Whether you want to serve as a teacher in Rwanda, in a parish in Worcester, MA, in one of the many community development projects in the Philippines, or in ministry in Mexico City; whether you are a recent college graduate or a young professional dissatisfied with the workplace and looking for more meaning in your life, your primary role as an AMA will be to empower the poor, the young and the marginalized.  Living with and serving the poor, AMA's discover who they really are and how their faith is deeply a part of them.  They also realize that "You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no results."  --- Gandhi   They take a chance, put their beliefs into action and find that their lives are made fuller beyond words along the AMA journey. 

How Can You Become an AMA?

Please refer to the Apply Now page for more details on how to become an AMA.  If you think AMA may be a good decision for you, and if you are between 22 and 40 years old, we invite you to begin the process of application.  We require:

  • Completed application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Medical Certificate
  • Psychological evaluation
  • $15.00 application fee

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with preference given to those received first. 

Once your paperwork is complete, we schedule a personal interview to get to know you better. This completes the application process. Our volunteer year begins in mid-August with a mandatory orientation program in Worcester, MA and continues through the following July.  Please feel free to call or e-mail Beth Fleming (508.767.1356 or at any time during the process if you have questions or concerns. 

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