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THE HOMILY FOR THE OPENING MASS OF THE ASSUMPTIONIST INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONGRESS PDF Print E-mail

Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of WorcesterHomily of Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester
Assumption International Education Congress
Opening Mass / July 17, 2016

1. Saint John Paul II often states that for the person of faith, there is no such thing as pure coincidence or sheer good luck. Rather for the person of faith, every good gift comes from the Providence of God who only wills that you and I are healed, flourish and ultimately be saved. So it is providential that today as we gather to celebrate this Holy Mass on the campus of Assumption College whose motto is “…until Christ be formed in you” that the Church gives as our second liturgical reading St Paul’s Letter to the Colossians in which he insistently reminds that early Christians that in baptism, they have died with Christ and their very existence is rooted in the mystery of God in Christ alone is their hope for future glory. Yes, my dear Assumptionist friends, it is good for us to be here so as to enter more deeply into the mystery of the crucified and risen Christ who is our only hope of future glory.

2. During my 12 years as Bishop of Worcester, I have visited this campus many times and have come to learn something about the extraordinary life and ministry of Father Emmanuel d’Alzon. D’Alzon was a missionary priest who was on fire with the zealous conviction of faith that the Church, society and the academy could be transformed and significantly enriched “by extending the reign of Christ in our souls,” especially through education in all its various forms (First Constitutions, 1855).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:31
 
NOVENA TO SAINT ANNE - JULY 18-26, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Novena to Saint Anne - July 18-26, 2016

Novena to Saint Anne - July 18-26, 2016 - pdf file

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2016 12:37
 
THE ANNUAL NOVENA TO SAINT ANNE PDF Print E-mail

129th Annual Novena to Saint Anne

129th Annual Novena to Saint Anne - pdf file

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:18
 
FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BROTHERS CARLOS AND RAUL (1976-2016) PDF Print E-mail

FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BROTHERS CARLOS AND RAUL (1976-2016)This past Saturday, July 2, 2016, a contingent of Assumptionists, family, and friends went to the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Manuelita de San Miguel, in response to an invitation from the local Comisión de la Memoria por los desaparecidos (neighborhood Commission of Remembrance for the Disappeared), those who disappeared during the dictatorship of the years 1976 and 1982.

The invitation included a Mass in the nearby chapel of St. Francis Xavier where two of our Assumptionist brothers, Carlos Antonio Di Pietro and Raúl Rodríguez, had worshiped regularly Their ministry back in that period was social outreach in this neighborhood under the direction of Jesuits stationed at the Colegio Mäximo, whose director was a certain  Fr. Jorge Bergoglio.

40 years have passed since that fateful day of their disappearance, June 4, 1976, although the chapel and other buildings and rooms seem hardly to have changed.... apart from a few modifications to the chapel and the former Assumptionist house.

 
MISSIONARY OF MERCY PDF Print E-mail

MISSIONARY OF MERCY

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:26
 
SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT ALONG THE SHORES OF THE GULF OF THE MEXICO PDF Print E-mail

Members of the Mexico territory on retreat along the Gulf of MexicoMembers of the Mexico territory on retreat along the Gulf of Mexico

From Monday, June 26, till Friday, July 1, the members of the Mexico territory gathered at a rustic retreat center run by the Misoneras Marianitas for their annual retreat under the direction of Fr. John Franck, AA, assistant general, who was on his way from the meetings of the Plenary General Council held earlier in the month in Pinhal, Brazil, to the international Assumptionist education congress to be held in mid-July at Assumption College, in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA).

The retreat house lies along a picturesque stretch of the Gulf of Mexico in the state of Veracruz, known as the Costa Esmeralda (the Emerald Coast), having gained its name because of the sparkling green waters it features the length of its more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) of white sand beaches.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:53
 
BLESSING OF NEW MOSAICS AT ST. PETER-IN-GALLICANTU PDF Print E-mail

Blessing of new mosaics at St. Peter-in-GallicantuJuly 1, 2016 - Jerusalem

Tuesday evening, June 28, a hundred guests gathered at the bottom of the holy staircase outside the Assumptionist shrine of St. Peter-in-Gallicantu in Jerusalem to begin the celebration of First Vespers on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Fr. Jean Daniel Gullung, AA, rector of the shrine, opened the ceremony which was presided by the Most Rev. Joseph Jules Zerey, the Greek Melkite Catholic archbishop and Vicar apostolic of Jerusalem. Rev. Msgr Matteo de Mori, First secretary of the apostolic nunciature of Jerusalem, and the Very Rev. Charles Galichet, Abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Abu Gosh, attended the service as did the two Benedictine communities of the city.

A piece that completes the work of Fr. Boubet, AA, builder of the current church

After the introduction, the congregation climbed the stairs (used by Jesus himself the night of Holy Thursday after his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemani) and entered the church in order to sing the psalms. The blessing of the new mosaics took place at the end of the Vespers service.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:55
 
FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND PDF Print E-mail

Happy Fourth of July! 

A Very Happy,

Safe and Peace-filled

Fourth of July Weekend

to Everyone!

 


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 12:14
 
Assumption College to Host International Education Congress PDF Print E-mail

Assumption CollegeFirst-ever Congress of Assumptionist Educators will take place July 17-27 on College’s Worcester Campus; Former U.S. Ambassador to Speak

WORCESTER, MA (June 30, 2016) — The Venerable Father Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Assumptionists and the Oblate Sisters of the Assumption, was convinced that the best way “to strengthen the flagging spirits and heal the moral fatigue” in his own day was a solid education enlivened by a genuine love of the truth and inspired by the light of the Gospel. Convinced as they are that education plays a crucial role in shaping the hearts and minds of young and old, approximately 70 Assumption educators—men and women, lay people and religious, from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America—will gather for the first time from July 17-27 at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St. in Worcester, to reflect together on Father d’Alzon’s educational insights and to help each other put these principles to work in their own institutions.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 10:30
 
FATHER GENERAL ADDRESSES COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF FATHER D'ALZON PDF Print E-mail

Emmanuel d’AlzonIn late May the newly renovated committee responsible for the beatification of our founder, Servant of God Emmanuel d’Alzon, met at the general house in Rome under the leadership of the postulator of the cause, Fr. Julio Navarro.

During the meeting Fr. General, Fr. Benoit Griere, took time to address the committee members. He first thanked them for their willingness to serve on the committee. He told them that whenever he makes canonical visits somewhere in the Assumptionist world, he is almost always asked how the cause for the beatification of Fr. d’Alzon is going. In Fr. Benoit’s opinion, this interest demonstrates a real desire to see this happen and a willingness to collaborate. Even if Fr. d’Alzon was a man of discretion, there is no doubt that we Assumptionists would be delighted to see the day that the Church recognized his holiness publicly. He particularly thanked Fr. Julio for his dedication and enthusiasm.

« For us, believing in the founder’s holiness is to believe in our own personal holiness. The way he walked is our way today --- in how we pray, educate, recruit, carry out our ministry, engage in ecumenical work. His way of holiness is our way, » Fr. Benoit said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:57
 
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