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SIX YOUNG MEN BEGIN NOVITIATE IN VIETNAMThis past August six young Vietnamese began their novitiate under the capable guidance of Fr. Paul Nguyen Van Hung. The novitiate is located in Ba Ria, some 55 miles southeast of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the shores of the South China Sea.

The Assumptionists run a house of theology, a novitiate, one parish, an orphanage, a community for candidates, and four student residences in Vietnam. They also oversee a residence for young workers in Saigon.

The Assumptionists are celebrating their 10th anniversary here just as they are in the Philippines and West Africa.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:55

Bro. Blair Nuyda, A.A.What were your thoughts as you made your final profession?

As I look back over the years since I have met the Assumptionists, I feel a certain kind of joy that the Lord has led me to be counted among them as a brother and as a fellow-worker for the extension of the Kingdom. I must admit that the journey was not always easy and I found myself asking whether this was where the Lord wanted me to be.

There were many things in my life that I had to let go and more still that I need to change. In the journey filled with constant conversion, my Assumptionist brothers have provided the invaluable challenge, support and encouragement to be formed in Christ who has called each one of us.

Perhaps like the brothers who had been through the path of Assumptionist formation, I am now at a certain point and with a certain confidence to say that I could not imagine living any other life other than being an Assumptionist—with the conviction that the Lord has truly called me to be one.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2016 13:21
Conversations at the Center: “Launch Us on the Adventure of Mercy!” -Inspirations from World Youth Day Krakow 2016 PDF Print E-mail


a place where we learn together,
a place where we discover what it means to be Church.

In order to help that happen, we need to think and talk together.
And so, we are happy to announce this semester’s

on SUNDAY, September 25

“Launch Us on the Adventure of Mercy!”
Inspirations from World Youth Day Krakow 2016


At this conversation, we are delighted to have Fr. Ronald Sibugan, AA and Mr. Cameron Martin share with us their recent experiences at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Fr. Ronald is a campus minister at Assumption College. Cameron is a high school teacher at Algonquin Regional High School and sings for the choir at Assumption College.

Come, Listen and Share
Sunday Eucharist at 11:00am, followed by
Conversations and Brunch
@ 330 Market Street, Brighton MA 02135

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:00


Dear Friends,

Early last fall I sent out the first Beni school newsletter in which I gave an initial update of the extraordinary response this project was receiving wherever I spoke about it. I have no doubt that the very generous $50,000 matching gift of Dr. and Mrs. D’Amour contributed significantly to the enthusiasm and ultimately to our success in raising an additional $50,000 and reaching our overall goal of $100,000 much more quickly than I could gave ever imagined possible.

Today I have the great joy of announcing that on Monday, September 5, 2016, Prince of Peace Elementary School opens its doors to some 130 students at nursery and kindergarten level as well as first grade. On page two of this newsletter you will see a series of photos taken on opening day. How many happy faces! How many children affected by the ongoing bloody civil conflict in the Congo able to receive an education and fulfill a dream!

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2016 14:24
Conversations at the Assumptionist Center, Brighton MA - Fall 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Conversations at the Assumptionist Center, Brighton MA - Fall 2016

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2016 13:04
News from West Africa PDF Print E-mail

six novices On August 20, 2016, in the church of  Our Lady of the Assumption in Sokode, Togo, six novices made their first vows in the presence of Fr. Vincent Cabanac, A.A., assistant provincial and provincial treasurer:

Armel Yoni DAKISWENDE (Burkina Faso)
Bernardin KANTCHIRE (Togo)
David BINIDI (Togo)
Honoré WINIGA (Togo)
Valère KOUWAMA (Togo)
Jovic KOUEPOU KOUEPOU (Cameroon)

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:50

ORIENTATION DAY: ASSUMPTIONIST CENTER 2016The Assumptionist Center in Brighton was the orientation site of its six new residents with one more expected to join the community in October.

After the Sunday liturgy, celebrated by Fr. Claude Grenache, A.A., Local Superior, each new member was welcomed and blessed (left to right - Yves Olinger, Fr. John Cervini, Cedric Dussert, Andrew Mercado, Kyle Herrington and John Monaco.) They then joined the returning residents, staff and Assumptionist members to review the vision and purpose of the house; that is a community where its members discern their ministry as laymen as to what it means to be church through prayer and study in a Christian environment rooted in the spirit of St. Augustine.

This was followed by the sharing of information, expectations, house traditions, upcoming events and programs which contribute to the smooth experience and enjoyment of living in a large community.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2016 10:37

September 1, 2016

International Catholic Publisher Opens Offices at Assumption CollegeWORCESTER, MA – Bayard, an international Catholic publisher with offices in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, held a dedication and blessing of its recently established location at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, on Sept. 1.

The new editorial offices, located at 2 West Hill Drive, were opened last summer on a limited basis and are now fully operational. The offices currently host full-time employees as well as staff who split their duties between the Worcester location and the company’s other offices in Dayton, OH; St. Louis, MO; and New London, CT.

Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester blessed the offices as part of a noontime dedication. The site previously served as a novitiate for men discerning their calling to a vowed religious life with the Assumptionist Order.


Bro. Blair Nuyda, A.A.On the Solemnity of the Feast of St. Augustine, the Assumption Family celebrated the Rite of Religious Profession of Bros. Ryan Carlsen, Sagar Gundiga and Fr. Joseph Zhang in temporary vows; and Bro. Blair Nuyda’s perpetual vows at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College.

Presiding at the Sunday Liturgy and representing Fr. Miguel Diaz Ayllon, A.A., Provincial Superior and Fr. Benoit Griere, A.A., Superior General, Fr. Peter Precourt, A.A., Territorial Superior, received the vows of the brothers. Fr. Richard Lamoureux, A.A., Director of Formation was the homilist.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 14:58
Summer Internship Helps Assumption Students Find Purpose in Serving God, Others PDF Print E-mail

Summer Internship Helps Assumption Students Find Purpose in Serving God, OthersDuring the school year, Corinne Murphy ’17, a human services and theology major from Wilbraham, and Mary Boulton ’17, an elementary education and mathematics major from Poughquag, NY, invest much of their spare time serving as a peer ministers among other Campus Ministry-related activities on the Assumption College Campus.  However, this summer, Murphy and Boulton continued their spiritual education by participating in the College’s ministry internship program.  The program, funded by a NetVUE grant that the College’s Campus Ministry office received to assist students in their vocational discernment, supports two students who are discerning some form of ministry as their vocation.

Murphy spent her nine weeks of internship work serving as a missionary at Camp Covecrest in Tiger, GA. The camp was operated by Life Teen, an organization that brings teens and their families closer to Christ and strengthen their relationship with the Church. Murphy said her desire to spend the summer as a missionary stemmed from the experience she had with Life Teen in high school that “changed her life forever.”

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