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AN INTERVIEW WITH BRO. RODEL, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

An Interview with Brother Rodel, A.A.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2018 11:01
 
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER – “Student Life in God’s Plan” PDF Print E-mail

Stephanie McCaffreyOn Sunday, March 18th, the Assumptionist Center focused on the theme, “Student Life in God’s Plan.” The presenter for the morning was Stephanie McCaffrey, Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Assumption College. An M. Div. graduate from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Stephanie’s responsibilities include directing Assumption’s retreat program and works closely with campus ministry’s student leaders. She also advises Advocates for Life and serves as chaplain to the Women’s Swim Team.

In her presentation, Stephanie elaborated on the reasons why young men and women come to college based on her experience at Assumption. For some it is simple the next step after high school, for others it is for the purpose of seeking the ‘college experience,’ for others it is the further education needed for a specific job or career, especially for international students and for some simply for the sake of study.

 
RECENTLY COMMISSIONED LAY ASSUMPTIONIST DIES SUDDENLY PDF Print E-mail

TOWN OF SPENCER MOURNS THE LOSS OF A BELOVED TEACHER

Philip DelongchampPhilip Delongchamp

By Kim Ring
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2018 at 2:07 PM

SPENCER - For 20 years there were sweet notes to parents, coupons for a free lunch and birthday cards for the thousands of students who passed through his classroom.

But when students at David Prouty High School returned Wednesday after a snow day, word began to spread a beloved teacher, Philip Delongchamp, had died unexpectedly.

“He was the greatest teacher in the district,” former superintendent Ralph Hicks said. “He had a very special way with kids. He could connect with them, even the ones who were tough to reach; he could reach them.”

 
ASSUMPTIONIST SECRETARY GENERAL, FR. MICHAEL KUBLER, A.A., HONORED AS KNIGHT OF THE FRENCH NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT PDF Print E-mail

Assumptionist Secretary general, Fr. Michel Kubler, honored as knight of the French National Order of MeritAssumptionist Secretary general, Fr. Michel Kubler, honored as knight of the French National Order of Merit

February 2018 - Rome

On February 5 at Villa Bonaparte, the ambassador of France to the Holy See, Philippe Zeller (right in photo), inducted Fr. Michel Kubler, A.A. (center) into the National Order of Merit. For many years Fr. Kubler was editor-in-chief of the Assumptionist daily newspaper, La Croix.

After recalling his Alsatian roots and attachment to his 'homeland', which clearly 'shaped' his personality, Amb. Zeller retraced his university studies and his life as an Assumptionist religious, especially his appointment to La Croix, first at the religion desk (from 1989 to 1997), then as religious editor-in-chief (from 1997 to 2009).

“An important voice of the Church of France”

“During these years, you were an important voice of the Church in France, a spokesman for clear identity,” the ambassador added, acknowledging that La Croix was “a source of pride of our national press.”

He also underlined Fr. Kubler's transfer to Bucharest, Romania, where he served as the director of the St. Peter-St. Andrew Ecumenical Center and as pastor of the French-speaking parish in the capital, thus becoming “an important player of the French presence in Romania and contributing to the spread of French culture”.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2018 10:59
 
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER - STUDENT LIFE IN GOD’S PLAN PDF Print E-mail

Conversations at the Center - Student Life in God’s Plan

Last Updated on Friday, 09 March 2018 15:57
 
FINAL PROFESSION OF BROTHERS IN MEXICO PDF Print E-mail

Final Profession of Brothers Marciano Lopez Solis, A.A. and Rodel Cervantes Sapalo, A.A.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2018 11:02
 
POPE RECALLS NUNS' WITNESS TO CHARITY IN PREFACE TO NEW BOOK PDF Print E-mail

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has recalled childhood memories of the care given by the “silent angels” of the Little Sisters of the Assumption in a forward to a biography of the order’s founder.

By Richard Marsden

Pope Francis has recounted a childhood story in which his father’s anti-clerical work colleague “met the maternal face of the Church” when being cared for by a mother superior, which led him to become a defender of her religious order.

Writing a preface of a new book in the Italian language, the Pope explains how the man “punched” a friend who dared to criticise two nuns after the worker was healed from a serious infection thanks to the help of a Little Sister of the Assumption.

A novice held the infant pope in her arms

The striking story forms part of Pope Francis’s forward to a biography of the order’s founder, Father Stefano Pernet, by Italian journalist Paola Bergamini. In it, the pontiff also describes how he was held in the arms of a young novice from the Congregation who came to visit the family in Buenos Aires hours after his birth. Pope Francis has been in contact with the nun throughout his life, up “until she went to heaven a few years ago.”

In his opening remarks to the book entitled “Il Vangelo guancia a guancia" (The Cheek to Cheek Gospel), the Pope writes: “I have many memories tied to these religious women who, as silent angels enter the homes of those in need, work patiently, look after, help, and then silently return to their convent. They follow their rule, pray and then go out to reach the homes of those in difficulty, becoming nurses and governesses, they accompany children to school and prepare meals for them.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:30
 
BRO. ARMAND LEMAIRE, A.A.- MAY HE REST IN PEACE PDF Print E-mail

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Bro. Armand's Funeral Mass will be on
Monday, March 5th 2018 at 10:00 AM
in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College

Calling hours will be in the Chapel on
Sunday, March 4th, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2018 14:02
 
POPE FRANCIS DECLARES 19 ALGERIAN MARTYRS BLESSED, INCLUDING LITTLE SISTER OF THE ASSUMPTION, SR. PAUL-HELENE ST. RAYMOND PDF Print E-mail

Pope Francis Declares 19 Algerian Martyrs Blessed, including Little Sister of the Assumption, Sr. Paul-Hélène St. Raymond

February 2, 2018, Algeria

They gave their lives for Christ and for the Algerian people and remained faithful to the commitment right up to the violence that disfigured Algeria during the « Black Decade » (1990s). The entire Catholic Church recognizes the power of the witness they bore, that of a Christian life carried out in the midst of Muslims.

On February 7, 2018, Pope Francis signed the decree of beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions. « A life of service for all » « They all died because they chose, by God’s grace, to remain faithful to those who in the communities where they served had become their neighbors », wrote the bishops of Algeria in a joint communiqué. « Their death showed that their life was at the service of all: the poor, women in trouble, the handicapped, the young, and all Muslims. A murderous ideology, a distortion of Islam, could not tolerate these others who were different by virtue of their nationality and faith ».

Among these martyrs killed between 1993 and 1996 number the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine, abducted and assassinated in the spring of of 1996, Most Rev. Pierre Claverie, the for mer bishop of Oran murdered in August of the same year, but also a Marist brother, Henri Vergès, four White Fathers, assassinated at Tizi Ouzou the day after Christmas in 1994 and six religious women from different congregations present in Algeria (Our lady of the Apostles, Missionary Augustinians, the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and the little Sisters of the Assumption).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:20
 
ACCOMPANY - AN INNOVATIVE ASSUMPTIONIST OUTREACH INITIATIVE IN BRUSSELS PDF Print E-mail

(In 2001 a team of volunteers from the Brussels neighborhood of Koekelberg, under the leadership of the Assumptionists, launched an innovative initiative: accompanying individuals in need as they went through required administrative hoops to receive social services. The idea, simple though it may have been, answered a real need. In 15 years this non-profit organization, called “Accompagner” has lent a hand to more than 6,000 people. At the 2011 general chapter of the Assumptionists it was named one of 7 'mobilizing works' of the institute, works that, by virtue of the nature and quality of their work, serve as flagship ministries deserving of widespread support and imitation throughout the Congregation.)

Accompagner volunteers and staffAccompagner volunteers and staff

An Interview with its Founder and Director, Fr. Guy Leroy:

- Fr. Guy, how is Accompagner doing?

- Too well….unfortunately!

- Why do you say, « Unfortunately »?

- This year volunteers and salaried staff have been extraordinarily dedicated to the cause of the neediest. We have “accompanied » more than a thousand people to various sites, 1037 to be exact. More than 70 volunteers have taken part. This number has been rising each year and this is the first year we have broken a thousand. More than 100 other organizations have requested our help. Unfortunately, this means that poverty and insecurity are increasing in Belgium, and in Brussels in particular.

- You mentioned more than 70 ‘companion’ volunteers although at times you also used the number closer to 40.

- Yes, on average, we have about 40 volunteers available at any given moment to do the work. There is a large turnover among the volunteers. Many young people do not stay for a long time. The fact that they’re able to get back into the professional world renews their confidence and employers’ confidence in them. After a few months they are able to get back into the work world. For them Accompagner becomes a springboard to full-time employment. Fortunately, we’re always getting new volunteers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:15
 
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