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Day 3 of Asian Assumptionists' Joint Formation PDF Print E-mail

Day 3 of Asian Assumptionists' Joint Formation

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2016 09:23
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Day 2 of Asian Assumptionists' Joint Formation

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2016 13:21

Day One: Building Bridges

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:25

Assumption Students Visit Rome with SOPHIA ProgramBy Frank Bruno '17

Assumption College offers a variety of opportunities for students to enhance their undergraduate experience by traveling to different cities and countries throughout the course of the year. Studying abroad, or embarking on service immersion SEND trips during winter or spring break, are just a few of the options students are encouraged to take advantage of  to obtain  new experiences outside of the classroom.

For students in Assumption’s SOPHIA program (SOPHomore Initiative at Assumption College), a two-week trip to the College’s Rome Campus, serves as an optional capstone experience in their vocational journey. SOPHIA is a College program for Assumption sophomores, and is specially designed to help students discover a deeper connection between their spiritual, personal and professional lives. This year, from May 22 through June 2, a group of sophomores, accompanied by College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., traveled to Rome and explored various parts of the city, visiting and learning about historic landmarks, which included the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps and Saint Peter’s Basilica. On site, Fr. John Franck, AA, former Vice-President for Student Affairs at Assumption and chairman of the Board of Trustees, currently assistant general of the Assumptionists, served as the group's chaplain.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:39

Frs. Nicolas Tarrale and Jean-Paul SagadouLast month the Assumptionist community in Ougadougou opened its doors to twenty or so adults and young people interested in becoming lay Assumptioists in order to plan a yearlong series of conferences and other activities. The day's events began with Mass presided by the local superior, Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou.

In his introductory remarks, Fr. Jean-Paul thanked everyone for coming and expressed his regrets that this meeting had to be postponed for so long because of the recent political unrest in the country.

« New Wine in Fresh Wineskins » : this theme served as the basis for the day's discussion. It is the theme chosen by the Assumptionists for their upcoming general chapter to be held next year. In his presentation, the first of the day, Fr. Nicolas Tarrale explained that the basis for the Lay-Religious Alliance at the Assumption comes as "a legacy handed down from our founder, Fr. d'Alzon". For an hour and a half Fr. Nicolas outlined the various elements that might be incorporated into a formation program for lay Assumptionists. According to the Acts of the General Chapter of 2011, #143, "a Lay Assumptionist is one who commits himself/herself to living his/her baptismal vocation, and the mission that flows from it, within the Assumption, within the Church and within society." The high level of participation in the construction of the year's program was proof of the serious desire of those present to be formed in Assumptionist spirituality. The day's work ended with a community meal that allowed everyone to get to know each other better.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 09:55
INTERVIEW Pope Francis PDF Print E-mail

Pope Francis Interviewed by Guillaume Goubert and Sébastien Maillard (in Rome). Photo: L'Osservatore Romano - In your speeches in Europe, you refer to the “roots” of the continent without ever describing them as Christian. Rather, you define “European identity” as “dynamic and multicultural.” In your view, is the expression “Christian roots” inappropriate for Europe?

Pope Francis: We need to speak of roots in the plural because there are so many. In this sense, when I hear talk of the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes dread the tone, which can seem triumphalist or even vengeful. It then takes on colonialist overtones. John Paul II, however, spoke about it in a tranquil manner.

Yes, Europe has Christian roots and it is Christianity’s responsibility to water those roots. But this must be done in a spirit of service as in the washing of the feet. Christianity’s duty to Europe is one of service. As Erich Przywara, the great master of Romano Guardini and Hans Urs von Balthasar, teaches us, Christianity’s contribution to a culture is that of Christ in the washing of the feet. In other words, service and the gift of life. It must not become a colonial enterprise.

On April 16, you made a powerful gesture by bringing back the refugees from Lesbos to Rome. However, does Europe have the capacity to accept so many migrants?

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 09:28

FR. SIMON NJUGUNA, A.A.Fr. Simon, would you share with us a bit about your background: family, childhood, early education etc.?

Fr. Simon – I was the third child born into a family of 9 children, seven boys and two girls in 1970, in the central part of Kenya. My primary education took place in my home village which is predominantly protestant and which sponsored the school I attended. Due to the fact that the Catholic Church was far from my home, I attended Sunday services in the local church. I started attending Mass later as I prepared for my First Holy Communion and later for Confirmation by a woman who volunteered to teach us in her home.

My secondary education took place in a Catholic sponsored school where I had a better opportunity to grow in the faith and to discern my vocation.  The call to priesthood had been part of me since I was in primary school where I wanted to move on to a minor seminary. Instead, the school I attended was a parish school run by the Consolata Fathers whose members evangelized almost the whole of Central Kenya from 1902. During these years I felt more and more called to religious life. However my parish priest, as a diocesan, did not support me and directed me the diocesan vocation director and I eventually began my formation as a diocesan seminarian in 1988.

Where/how did your Assumptionist roots begin? Did anyone in particular have a significant impact on your life at this time?

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 01:24
Catching up with Fr. Oliver Blanchette, A.A. AP’35, ’39 PDF Print E-mail

_Assumption’s oldest alumnus celebrated his 100th birthday in March

- How/why did you attend Assumption Prep and Assumption College?

- God wanted me to. After graduating from high school in 1934, I wanted to further my education. I was persuaded by Fr. Antonio Dufault, a diocesan priest and the brother of Fr. Wilfrid, A.A. ’29, who later became Superior General of the Assumptionists. I agreed to go only if no one would pressure me to become a priest. As a sophomore, I freely chose to become an Assumptionist priest. Limited knowledge of French and Latin obliged me to do a P.G. (pre-graduate) year at the high school (which later became Assumption Prep).

- What do you recall about your days as a student?

- I recall almost losing my identity when as a P.G. student my classmates called me “Minsky,” because I was often with a fellow student who had been dubbed “Pinsky.” The nickname stayed with me through college. These names probably helped us to not take ourselves too seriously and said something about the familiarity, informality and mischievousness that then characterized student life and that helpedus face the challenge of a disciplined, studious and prayerful life.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 May 2016 14:57

Fr. Juan CarlosFor the first time since its creation on July 10, 1953, the Andean province (formerly known as the South American Province and the Chile-Argentina Province) has an Argentinian at its helm, yes, the same nationality as Pope Francis! Fr. Juan Carlos MARZOLLA LAIUS was named provincial of the Andean Province for a three-year term that begins on June 1, 2016. The first Assumptionists arrived on the South American continent in 1890 at Mendoza, Chile, in view of propagating Marian devotion in country.

Fr. Juan Carlos was born on February 12, 1973 in Junin (Argentina) to Jorge and d’Ana Maria Marzolla. He was baptized on November 24 of the same year in the Orthodox cathedral of St. George in Buenos Aires. After studies in education (1992-1995) and philosophy at the diocesan seminary of Mendoza (1997-1999), he began his novitiate in Pomaire (Chile) where he pronounced his first vows on January 14, 2001. Residing at the Emmanuel d'Alzon community, he undertook his theology studies at the Pontifical University of Santiago (2001-2003). After making his final vows at Our Lady of Lourdes Basilica in Santiago on March 27, 2004, he was ordained a deacon the following year at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a priest on May 13, 2006, in Mendoza, Argentina by the city's archbishop, Most Rev. José María Arancibia. His first assignment took place in the Assumptionist parish and schools in Lota, Chile until 2008, at which time he returned to his native Argentina to become local treasurer and director of the two Assumptionist schools in Buenos Aires, Our Lady of Lourdes in Santo Lugares and San Román in Belgrano. He was appointed assistant provincial in 2011.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 23:13

_As outlined in the agreement signed between CRS and Assumption on May 6, the goals of the partnership are to promote global solidarity through an institutional partnership between the College and CRS that engages the three core constituencies of the College: institutional, faculty and students. Assumption students can participate as CRS Student Ambassadors on campus and the CRS Faculty Learning Commons program provides numerous educational resources for faculty and student engagement. Finally, an interdisciplinary CRS advisory group is tasked with sustaining the partnership and supporting broad engagement with CRS on campus, including during major global emergencies.

“As a Catholic Relief Services Global Campus, Assumption College joins a worldwide effort to call attention to, and serve, those in the greatest of need,” said President Cesareo. “Through this new opportunity, students and faculty will have access to significant resources such as experts who are addressing pressing humanitarian matters throughout the developed and underdeveloped world. Assumption students are challenged to discover their gifts and talents and use what they have learned in the classroom to improve the world in which they live. I am hopeful that many students will be inspired by the work of CRS and use their knowledge in service to the least among us.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 23:12
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