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Bicentennial Celebrations - Meeting with Families PDF Print E-mail

Bicentennial Celebrations - Meeting with FamiliesOn Sunday, April 25th, the Assumptionist Community celebrated the first in a series of year-long events commemorating the Bicentennial of the Birth of Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Families, relatives and close friends gathered in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College in Worcester for  Mass, with Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., Regional Superior, presiding.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:37
 
Today's Catholic Parish - Conversations at the Center PDF Print E-mail

Continuing the commitment of the Assumptionist Center's goal, in word and action, to be a place where, " we can learn together and discuss what it means to be Church," the final conversation for the academic year recently focused on the theme of "Today's Catholic Parish."

Our guest celebrant at Mass and presenter was Msgr. William Fay, our pastor at St. Columbkille's, neighbor and friend here in Brighton. Before returning to Boston his home diocese, Msgr. Fay was Secretary of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, DC. Coming home at a time of transition and transformation, Msgr. Fay requested to be assigned to a multi-cultural, diverse, urban parish with a school. St. Columbkille's fit the bill perfectly.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 15:19
 
News from Chile - March 28, 2010 PDF Print E-mail

basilicachile2010.pngArticle in El Mercurio (daily newspaper of Santiago, Chile) about our church,
March 28, 2010

SHRINE AND BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
 
The grotto, which was built in 1908, sustained severe damages. The upper part of the statue of the Blessed Virgin was partially destroyed. The bell-tower is detached from its base and leaning on its side. A number of alcoves with images of Our Lady's apparitions to Bernadette reveal serious cracks and defacement caused by the earthquake. In the Basilica, cracks in the dome and central nave are visible. The main cross atop the dome is now hanging to one side and presents a danger to passers-by on Santo Domingo Street. Large pieces of cement and brick in the residence of the priests and brothers have fallen to the ground. The alcove that enshrines the main statue of the Blessed Mother suffered major damage to several pillars. Several of the magnificent stained glass windows have fallen out and need to be restored by the workshop where they were originally made "Atelier Loire", in Chartres (France). The estimated cost of repairs: $350,000, not counting the costs to repair the stained glass windows.

*** Please Support Our Assumptionist Communites in Chile ***

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2010 04:31
 
ASSUMPTIONISTS IN VIETNAM PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Peter Khue, A. A., superior of the Assumptionists in VietnamOn his recent three week visit to the U.S., shared an informative and inspiring power point presentation with the communities of the region about the congregation's presence in his country. There are now three communities with the hope of expansion in the near future. In addition, Fr. Peter reported on the Asian Forum gathering of Assumptionists which took place in Manila.

Graciously hosted by the community at Emmanuel House in Worcester, those in attendance heard Fr. Peter briefly mention that the primary objective of his visit was to explore ways in which the Assumptionists in Vietnam may one day collaborate with Assumption College in apostolic initiatives and exchange students with an eye toward establishing a university in the future.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2010 04:40
 
News from Chile - March 16, 2010 PDF Print E-mail

To my Fellow Assumptionists and Friends of the Assumptionists throughout the world

Let me first of all send you greetings and thank you for your concern at this time of national and local catastrophe.

Life continues here in Lota; things are slowly getting back to normal such as the sale and distribution of food. Salaries have been canceled for most workers as well asbenefits for retirees.

In particular, our Assumptionist residence has been evaluated by German experts and local architects and the results are not very encouraging.  The building suffered serious structural  damage on the second floor, especially the northern and southern walls.  

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:48
 
Immortal Longings: Reason, Faith, and Politics in the Work of Father Ernest Fortin, A.A. PDF Print E-mail
Fr. Ernest Fortin, A.A., (1923-2002) On Friday, March 26, Boston College hosted a roundtable discussion on the impact of the thought of Fr. Ernest Fortin, A.A., (1923-2002) longtime professor both at B.C. and at his alma mater, Assumption College. The roundtable, sponsored by the Bradley and the Fortin Foundations, featured two main speakers, Dr. Fred Lawrence, professor of Theology at Boston College, and Dr. Thomas Hibbs, director of the great books program at Baylor University. After dinner the discussion continued with former colleagues and students posing questions to the speakers.

In their presentations, Lawrence and Hibbs focused on Ernest’s education, both that which he himself received and that which he has handed on to others. The education he received began with his parents, and continued in the Catholic school he attended in Woonsocket and later, of course, in the learning he acquired from the old French Assumptionists at the Prep and the College. It was the kind of solid, classical formation in the Catholic intellectual tradition that, for so many centuries, gave life, direction and dynamism to the Church and the West.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2010 05:06
 
The Power of the Press... PDF Print E-mail
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On Sunday March 7th, the Assumptionist Center in Brighton, welcomed a team of representatives from Bayard USA with great enthusiasm and appreciation. Mr. Brett Thomas, CEO and President of Bayard, began our time together with a brief history of the company, from its earliest days in France, coming to Canada in 1987 and then to the US in 1999. In that year, the company bought Twenty-Third Publication, followed by Catholic Digest in 2001 and Creative Communications for the Parish in 2003.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 March 2010 18:03
 
Chile Update - March 6, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
From the pastor of the Assumptionist parish in Lota, near Concepción and the epicenter of the earthquake.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, one and all,
Now that Internet access has been restored, I can share with you some of what has happened here in Lota and the area.

Frs. Ruben, Nelson, and I are well.  Nelson, who just returned from Pucón where he was on vacation wth his family, brought food and other necessities.

Lota was severely affected by two earthquakes, the one that you all know of and the”social” earthquake of pillaging.  Some people took what they needed and that seemed almost normal; but then there occurred widespread pillaging and stealing and there is no justification for that.  Three large supermarkets were pillaged, small businesses and the local market were next.  Very little was spared.  What is worst is that they destroyed everything in their path, even light bulbs.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 05:24
 
More News from the Assumptionists in Chile - March 2, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Update from Br. Ramón Gutiérrez, aa       dated March 2, 2010
 
"1. All of us Assumptionists in Chile are doing well. No one died or was hurt. I don't have any news to the contrary.
2. Family members of the Assumptionists are also well although some have lost their homes.
3. Most of our Assumptionist houses survived the earthquake, with some damage, but we are not at the mercy of the elements as many of our countrymen are.
1.jpg4. Our basilica of Lourdes here in Santiago was severely affected; it is one of the most important and beautiful in the country. There are serious cracks in the walls and foundation, statues have been destroyed or damaged. But worst of all and most painful, some of the extraordinary stained glass windows have fallen out. The metal cross on the dome of the basilica (which is 60 meters high --- 190 feet) has become loose and is leaning to one side. As a result we have had to close the basilica and areas along the side of the basilica.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 06:05
 
Assumptionists in Rengo, Chile - March 2, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
From the novitiate in Rengo, Chile - about 150 northwest of the epicenter
We are all well and that's already good news. When you see the pain and suffering of so many people who have lost everything, family, work, material possessions, the scare we had was nothing.
When the earthquake struck at 3:34 AM, we all ran out of our rooms and out of the house. Once we were all together, we took a look at the house, an old colonial adobe residence.  Fortunately there was little damage apart from a corridor ceiling which fell, cracks in the exterior walls, overturned furniture, and various items (books, dishes, etc.) thrown to the ground 
Afterwards, we  make our way over to our parish to see how Fathers Raúl and Olivier were doing. They were both OK. The church sustained some damage, especially cracks in the wall.
The hardest part of all is getting used to the continual aftershocks and just not feeling safe. At night we have been sleeping outside. We still have no electricity or water, but, as I said, this is not much in comparison to the trails so many others are facing elsewhere.
  
Aldo Gajardo
Novice-master
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 06:04
 
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