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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.

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Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 7, 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 7, 2017

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Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 3, 2017

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Chronicles of the Provincial Chapter - January 2, 2017

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First African/Congolese Assumptionist, Pioneer, Educator

Jérôme Masumbuko Tsongo-Ndara was born in the village of Kamituga in the province of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on September 20, 1934. His father had relocated his family to this mining region when he found work there as a nurse. Having completed his primary education, Jérôme entered the minor seminary in Musienene, where he first met the Assumptionists and stayed from 1947 to 1954, with a special emphasis in Latin, after which he attended the major seminary in Baudoinville (Moba), run by the White Fathers, for his philosophy studies from 1954 to 1957. For some time, the young Jérôme had been thinking about Assumptionist religious life, even though the Congregation had a firm policy of directing all vocations to build up the local clergy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:02

MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GODO God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

(Collect for the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God)

Happy New Year from the Assumption family!


FR. ZACHARIE WASUKUNDI, A.A.- Would you share a bit about your background: family, childhood, early education etc.?

- I was born in Mbau (Beni town, in the Democratic Republic of Congo). My father was called Sébastien (―he passed away in 2008―) and my mother is Victorine. Emmanuel is my young brother, while Salome is my young sister. I was educated in a very Christian family. I learned the elementary prayers in my family (our Father, Hail Mary, the Apostles’ Creed, the prayer before meal). I studied at the Elementary Catholic School of Mbau. I also spent four years in the High School of Mbau. As I grew up in an Assumptionst parish (―by being involved in many parochial activities―), one priest asked my parents to go to a beautiful High School in Butembo (―a town bigger than Beni―). This is why I had the opportunity to meet many Assumptionist priests. In Butembo, I decided to become an Assumptionist. After spending two years for my High School education, I went back to Mbau to found a High School in a village. Fr Jean baptiste Kathaheruka helped me a lot to found the so-called Lukando High School. From my childhood to the foundation of this school, I was committed to three main things: studies, helping my parents who were farmers and being involved in parochial activities. In other words, I got a good familial, intellectual and Christian education.

Assumptionists Celebrate 10th Anniversary in West Africa PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Benoît Grière, Superior general, retraces the history of the foundation; Bishop Gaoua, Fr. Jean-Paul SagadouFrom October 14-16, 2016, the Assumptionist family celebrated their tenth anniversary of their arrival in Togo. The celebration was highlighted by the diaconal ordination of the first two Assumptionists from this region. There was also a large number of visitors from Burkina Faso who attended the celebrations. There were five important moments during these three days of celebration…

The evening of October 13, during Vespers, in the presence of the superior general, Fr. Benoît Grière, and his vicar, Fr. Emmanuel Kahindo, six young men were received into the candidacy program: Casimir, Expedit, Jean-Olivier, Maurice, Billy and Romaric. This event captured the ongoing hope present in this new foundation.

On Friday evening, some 250 people gathered at our parish, Our Lady of the Assumption, to commemorate the ten years of our presence in Sokode (Togo). We had asked a handful of witnesses to say a word at this occasion: Fr. Benoit Griere, Superior general (provincial of France at the time), one of the principal players in the foundation in 2006 together with the provincials of Africa and Madagascar; Most Rev. Ambroise Djoliba (in video format), bishop emeritus of Sokode, who welcomed us into his diocese; Most Rev Celestin-Marie Gaoua, the current bishop and the pastor of the mother church when we arrived; Rev. Alfred

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:43

Merry Christmas

I am anxious to encourage you to make a gift of yourself to Our Lord, more particularly at Christmas. The triple incarnation of Jesus Christ in the manger, on the altar and in our own soul is a mystery that should consume us completely. Christmas, a symbol of spiritual childhood, is the expression of a mystery of faith that became a reality of life, of incarnation and of growth in his own existential rebirth. Alleluia!                                                  
Emmanuel d'Alzon

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