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

BRO. BRIAN VERZELLA, A.A1) Would you share a bit about your background: family, childhood, early education etc.?

From my earliest childhood memories, God has occupied a central place in my life. I can recall as a youth being captivated by a painting in my bedroom wherein Jesus is seated among a group of children, so at ease and welcoming. This image instilled in me a sense that Christ was accessible to me and spurned a longing to know him, as friend and as Lord. I was born a “Cradle Catholic” with parents who instilled the faith in me from an early age. Although I was born into the Latin Church, many of the formative years of my youth were spent within the Byzantine Rite, due in part to certain “innovations” that had gained prominence in the sometimes tumultuous post-Conciliar Church in the U.S..  In time, however, my family and I would make our way back to the Roman Catholic Church.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:06
 
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER – FALL 2016 PDF Print E-mail

CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER – FALL 2016After celebrating the Sunday liturgy together, the community, residents and guests gathered recently for this semester’s first CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER at the Assumptionist Center in Brighton, where the overriding theme was “Launch Us on the Adventure of Mercy!” More specifically, the presentations zeroed in on the inspirations gleaned by attendees at this summer’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland as experienced by Fr. Ron Sibugan, AA, campus minister at Assumption College and Cameron Martin, a member of the college’s choir and a teacher at Algonquin Regional High School.

The theme for this year’s WYD was, “Blessed are the Merciful for They Shall Obtain Mercy.” After visiting several significant sites in Italy and France where the U.S. Assumption pilgrims traveled in the footsteps of Fr. d’Alzon and were greatly touched by his spirit and his love of the Church, youth, the poor and marginalized. Moving on they met up with the international Assumptionist pilgrims in Brussels and then on to Krakow, Poland where they represented fourteen countries. According to Fr. Ron and Cameron, what was most striking during this pilgrimage was the over whelming experience of celebration, openness, hospitality, diversity, fraternity, love, solidarity, commitment, trust and compassion experienced not only by meeting other pilgrims but by living with host families in Poland. Because of the many languages represented during daily encounters with folks, there were many creative methods of communicating devised that were quite successful!

 
SIX YOUNG MEN BEGIN NOVITIATE IN VIETNAM PDF Print E-mail

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 REFLECTS ON HIS PERPETUAL VOWS PDF Print E-mail

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

THE ASSUMPTIONIST CENTER...

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

CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER
on SUNDAY, September 25

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

WYD_2016-Poland-Krakow

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
 
BENI SCHOOL PROJECT - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! PDF Print E-mail

BENI SCHOOL PROJECT - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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 2016 PDF Print E-mail

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
 
INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC PUBLISHER OPENS OFFICES AT ASSUMPTION COLLEGE PDF Print E-mail

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.

 
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