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Assumptionist Explains The Reason Behind Having A Vocation

Jesus knocking on a doorBy Nicholas Collura

One of the characters in Robert Cormier’s novel The Chocolate War keeps a line from T.S. Eliot taped to the inside of his locker: “Do I dare disturb the universe?” Many of us have considered this question in some form or another. Even if we don’t want to disturb the universe, we probably want to know what our place in it is. “Am I important?” we may ask ourselves. “What is my purpose in the world?”


Fr. CHARLES MBOGHA KAMBALE, A.A. (1942-2005)PROMINENT ASSUMPTIONIST Charles Mbogha Kambale (1942-2005)

A native of the diocese of Butembo-Beni (North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo), Most Rev. Charles Mbogha Kambale was born in 1942 in Kilubo, the son of Emile Malyabwana and Cécile Kahambu. He attended high school at St. Joseph's diocesan minor seminary in Musienene (1956-1963), and pursued his philosphy and theology studies at Pius X major seminary in Bukavu, the major metropolitan area of the province (1963-1965, 1965-1969). Ordained a priest on July 24, 1969, he was first of all appointed professor at the minor seminary he had attended in Musienene (1969-1970), and then professor at the Collège Lwanzururu in Beni (1970-1972). It was at this time that he officially asked to join the Assumptionists and began his novitiate under the able direction of the only other Congolese Assumptionist at the time, Fr. Jérôme Masumbuko Tsongo Ndara. Once professed, he left for Brussels, Belgium to pursue a licentiate in catechetics at the Lumen Vitae Institute.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:23
Change our Hearts

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Fall is my favorite season!  I just love the changing leaves, the crisp air and the brisk mornings.  Everything about it makes me sensitized to the grandeur of God’s creation and to the blessings He bestows on us through the beauty of nature.  It is as if the earth is resplendent with a multi-colored quilt created just for us.

Last week I was driving to work and had to visit a school in a fairly rural setting of Massachusetts.  At one point during my drive, I had to stop the car.  I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the surrounding landscape.  The foliage was breath-taking.  I paused for a few moments to take it all in---the transformation that had taken place in the trees was astounding.  I had to thank God for that moment and for the picturesque canvas of color surrounding me.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:55
Bro. Ryan Visiting the Assumptionist Communities in Romania and Bulgaria

Bro. Ryan visiting the Assumptionist communities in Romania and Bulgaria

This summer I had the opportunity to visit the Assumptionist communities in Romania and Bulgaria.  In the first part of my trip I was in Bucharest, Romania. An Assumptionist community there operates the St. Peter – St. Andrew Center, which is both a house of studies and a meeting place for Catholics and Orthodox. While there I learned about the work being done to foster relationships between Catholic and Orthodox believers. At a conference hosted by the center we had the opportunity to meet with the Orthodox Bishop of Bucharest and listen as he described the situation in the Orthodox world.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:32
Signs of God N. 11

Signs of God N. 11

A Word of the Postulator

The more I get to know the personality and holiness of Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, the more I admire in him how open he was to his times and the more I find him to be a model apostle for the church of our time. In the Signs of God #10, we underlined his love and initiatives on behalf of the poor. Here we would like to emphasize his obsession with getting to know, entering into dialogue with, and above all evangelizing every dimension of society. The holy Pope John XXIII, at the time he convoked the Second Vatican Council, wanted the Church “to open its doors and windows” so that fresh air could circulate in it. Pope Francis hasn’t stopped insisting on the fact that our Church must move beyond its doors towards the margins of humanity, lest it enclose itself in on its privileges and its fears and in order to bear the light, the consolation and the friendship of Jesus to those scorned and forgotten. Fr. d’Alzon, in the page we have published here, uses this same language. He urges us to move beyond our doors, to get to know the realities of the world, to enter into dialogue with the different categories of people, to become servants, to transcend the limitations of clericalism, and to share our wealth with the laity. Above all he teaches us to act always out of love of Jesus Christ and of the Church, his Bride.

Fr. Julio Román Navarro, A.A.

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 01:38

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