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For Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Assumptionists, education wasn’t merely about the memorization of important facts and the earning of grades.

It was about formation:  intellectual, moral, and spiritual.

After all, d’Alzon wanted to make sure human beings understood their purpose as creatures of God.

Members of the Assumptionists and the Assumption College community again learned about d’Alzon’s educational project at this year’s Assumption Day, which was held Jan. 13.

Much of the day consisted of reflections on the summer’s Education Congress, which brought Assumptionists and lay collaborators from all over the world to Assumption College, and also general thoughts on d’Alzon and education in the 21st century. Speakers included Fr. Dennis Gallagher, vice president for mission, Fr. Richard Lamoureux, director of formation, and Dr. Louise Carroll Keeley, provost and vice president for academic affairs.


_At the end of January, Fathers Marcelo Marciel, assistant general, and Fr. Luiz Gonzaga da Silva, provincial of Brazil, flew to the capital of Angola, Luanda, to begin exploring a possible foundation in this former Portuguese colony in central Africa. The foundation is foreseen to be a collaborative effort of the Province of Brazil and the Province of Africa and the first Assumptionist foundation in a Portuguese-speaking country on this vast continent.

Angola is located due south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and like the DRC is rich in natural resources. It has large reserves of oil and diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and rich agricultural land. Despite this, Angola remains very poor, having been ravaged by a bloody civil war from 1975 to 2002. Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century to 1975. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa; however, these riches remain largely in the hands of a few: Angola's politicians, miners, oilmen and the associated multinational corporations.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 11:42
General Councils of the Assumption Family Meet in Paris PDF Print E-mail

_From January 9-11, the general councils of the Assumption Family held their regular meeting in Paris which occurs every eighteen months. The congregations represented include the Religious Sisters of the Assumption, the Augustinians of the Assumption, the Oblates of the Assumption, the Little Sisters of the Assumption, and the Orants of the Assumption.

Each meeting consists of three parts: a sharing of major news of each institute, a discussion of a topic of common spirituality, and planning and evaluation of common projects. The principal news item for four of the congregations (all but the Religious Sisters of the Assumption) dealt with the preparation for general chapters which will be held in the spring and summer of 2017.

For the last three meetings of the general councils, participants addressed the three vows as the theme of common spirituality. Each congregation presented the founders/foundresses’  thinking on the theme and how it developed over history. Finally, a document is produced that can be used for the formation of young people or for the continuing education of religious in the various institutes.


CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER: Encountering Immigrants as our Siblings in Christ

 CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER: Encountering Immigrants as our Siblings in Christ - pdf file

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:34
South American Novitiate in Brazil “Graduates” First Two Novices PDF Print E-mail

_Sunday, January 8, 2017, the first “graduates” of the newly inaugurated novitiate in Brazil made their first vows in the presence of their religious and natural families as well as many other guests, including many sisters from the Assumption Family. Br. Jefferson de Oliveira Marques, Brazilian, and Br. Jonathan Esteban Ruiz Rivera, Chilean, completed their year’s formation in Espirito Santo do Pinhal, some 3 hours west of São Paulo. The novitiate is located in the former high school seminary established by Dutch Assumptionists in the 1950s.

For many years the South American novitiate was located in Chile. In a renewed effort at collaboration among Assumptionists working in South America it was decided to refound a common novitiate in Brazil in 2016 and a common house of theology in Buenos Aires, Argentina the same year.

Br. Jefferson will soon be moving to Buenos Aires where he will begin his theological studies while Br. Jonathan will return to Chile to complete his studies at the Universidad católica de Chile. Upon completion he will pursue a licentiate degree in canon law in Buenos Aires.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 15:33

Pat Haggerty- What were your expectations prior to attending the Provincial Chapter?

- I didn’t really have any expectations prior to the chapter.  I imagined it as a kind of retreat with meetings.  Other than that, I wasn’t sure.  I figured I would just be flexible and “go with the flow”---I could do that!  I couldn’t imagine how we would fill our days, let alone the evenings.  I wasn’t sure if I could survive without a television.

- What were some of your actual experiences of the chapter as a Lay Assumptionist?

- Where do I begin talking about such an amazing, fulfilling experience?  In trying to describe it to non-religious and to my family, I had two analogies:  it was like a retreat on steroids.  Also, it reminded me (as a former educational administrator) of a week-long professional development experience during which time our focus was to write new curriculum or revise existing curricula.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:32

BRO. DANIELE CAGLIONI, A.A.- Bro. Daniele, would you share with us a bit about your background: your family, childhood, early education etc.?

Bro. Daniele – I was born in August 1990 in Bergamo, Italy to an Italian father and an American mother. They had met in the States when my father was studying English (they met at a New Year’s Eve party, oddly enough!), and had since moved back to Italy. I have very fond memories of my early childhood: I’m blessed to have a very warm, loving family, and this was only magnified in Italy, where family of key cultural importance. When I think back to that time, I remember smiling and laughing with friends in my preschool class and listening to my Nonna talk about life.

My sister was also born in Italy, three years after me, and very soon after she was born my father accepted an offer to head a new United States branch of the book binding company he works for, Meccanotecnica, Inc. As he is wont to do, my father accepted this challenge with gusto, so we moved to Redding, Connecticut when I was four years old. This transition really was my first educational experience. I experienced what it felt like to be a foreigner in the States, and the challenge of learning English. I dealt with a lot of bullying those first years, but, with the care of my teachers, I eventually was able to integrate myself into my new environment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:16
News from Bucharest PDF Print E-mail

St._Peter-St._Andrew_Center_in_Bucharest(excerpts from the annual newsletter of Fr. Michel Kubler, A.A., Director of the St. Peter-St. Andrew Center)

January 2017

Dear Friends,

...and life goes on here in Bucharest in a way that keeps me as excited and involved as ever. I could list for you any number of events that marked this past semester like the conference given by Cardinal Walter Kasper, traveling from Rome in October to speak to us of Divine Mercy during the Jubilee Year. Or, a little more eventful, the evening we sponsored in September dedicated to the pan-Orthodox council held on the island of Crete and disrupted by a group of far-right Orthodox commandos who came to launch anathemas at the participants and to denounce ecumenism as heresy! A hair-raising experience that earned us a few flattering articles, but especially served to reinforce the relationship we have with so many Orthodox friends who greatly appreciate the space we offer for dialogue and encounter.


Assumption’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Assumption College

Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity to Focus on Reconciliation

Annual service to be held Feb. 17 at Assumption’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit

WORCESTER, MA (January 12, 2017)—Church leaders from several Christian faith communities from the Worcester community will come together for Assumption College’s annual Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity. This year’s service marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation and focuses on the theme of “Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Impels Us.” The prayer service, planned by a committee of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox clergy and laity from the Worcester area, will be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, located at 500 Salisbury Street. The general public is welcome to attend.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:37
Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 7, 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 7, 2017

 Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 7, 2017 - PDF file

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:41
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