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Meet Assumptionist Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou: Bringing West African Youth Together PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou, A.A.In 2009 the Assumptionists, under the leadership of Fr. Jean-Paul Sagadou, launched a new and ambitious initiative, called African Integration Trips (AIT). African Integration Tours are organized by the Youth Network for African Integration (YNAI) and are tours of inter-African cultural discovery. The main objective is to transmit to African and Afro-descendant youth the ideal of a plural, integrated and united Africa, in its religious, cultural and political aspects. The AITs have a strong educative and civil dimension. Every year, a tour tackles a specific theme and proposes to participants: training, workshops and conferences that include history, economics, entrepreneurship, the arts, humanities, etc.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 16:27


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Two men were ordained to the diaconate Feb. 11 at the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester: one to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Burlington and one to the transitional diaconate as he prepares for priestly ordination as a member of the Society of St. Edmund, the order that founded the college.

Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne ordained Philip J. Lawson to the permanent diaconate and Edmundite Brother Michael R. Carter to the transitional diaconate.

“Today, in this church, two roads are about to diverge: one road moving forward into the transitional diaconate, the witness of celibacy, and -- all things being equal -– ordination to the priesthood as a member of the Edmundite religious order, and the other road leading into the permanent diaconate, a continuing witness to the sacrament of marriage and the gift of family,” Bishop Coyne said in his homily after reading from “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:42

The Assumptionist motto ART and the Kenyan flag are featured at the school entrance.On January 16th, 2017, a dream became a reality for the Assumptionists of the East African Region. After years of planning and recruiting, the doors of the new Assumption High School for Boys and Girls opened its doors. Rooms were being painted, floors swept, classrooms and kitchen equipped, security gates put in the place, books and offices arranged, shrubbery planted, blackboards installed right up until the last minute.

The school is located within the boundaries of the Assumptionist parish of St. Monica on the way to Nairobi’s international airport, and more specifically in the Katwa neighborhood where the Assumptionists maintain an outstation and the house for postulants. Fr. Ignatius SILIOLIO MATONGWA, who completed his M.A. in educational administration, has been named headmaster and Fr. Benard ODHIAMBO YALA the school’s treasurer. Both attended the Assumptionist international education congress. They expressed their gratitude for this gathering which helped them to understand better the fundamental characteristics of an education inspired by the educational vision of the Assumptionist founder, Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon.

The Assumptionists run high schools, universities, and language centers on five continents, in ten countries.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2017 01:52

Danielle HuntleyThe first of this semester’s “Conversation’s at the Center” in Brighton addressed the topic of “Encountering Immigrants as Our Siblings in Christ.” The presenter was Danielle Huntley who shared her work with immigrants through the dual lens of being a professional lawyer and as a Catholic. A Lay Assumptionist, Danielle is the Principal of Huntley Inc., a full service immigration law firm in Boston.  In her presentation, Danielle masterfully led us through the complexities of this timely and complex specialty of immigration law. She successfully relieved the anxieties of many in our diverse community of religious, residents and invited guests and sees her work as living out the corporal work of mercy of receiving the stranger.  After fielding many questions, the animated discussions carried into the dining room and the sharing of a delicious brunch.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2017 01:53

With the theme, “Virgin of Lourdes, watch over our country and bring us to  Jesus”,
the annual shrine novena began on Thursday, February 2,  2017,
in preparation of the 159th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to Bernardette Soubirous.

ASSUMPTIONIST SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES in ChileOn Saturday, February 4, 2017, about 50 singers gathered at the shrine to mark the 40th Vigil of “Singing God’s Praises”, a celebration that has given thousands of people an opportunity to know, appreciate, and understand this beautiful tradition that has provided an effective evangelization of the Central Region of Chile, although its effects have been felt from north to south of the country.

Fr. Julio Navarro, former vicar general of the Assumptionists now residing in Santiago, presided at the Eucharist for this group of singers and in his homily pointed out, “You have come to sing to the Virgin not in your name only, but in the name of your families, your neighbors and friends. In fact, you come to the Virgin in the name of the entire People of God in Chile, in the name of the whole Church. You represent many --- all those who have a devotion to the Virgin”.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:29


Assumption Joins Yale University, Villanova University and the University of Michigan in Recognition for Efforts to Create a Culture of Life on Campus

WORCESTER, MA (February 6, 2017)— Assumption College has announced that one of its student organizations—whose purpose is to educate, pray, advocate and act on issues related to the dignity of human life at all stages—was awarded a prestigious award recognizing their steadfast efforts to foster a campus climate that respects the sanctity of life. The award includes $1,000 to enhance their outreach efforts.

The student club, Advocates for Life, was awarded the Rev. Thomas King, S.J. Award from the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life. The group meets each week when school is in session to plan efforts that educate the campus community on pro-life matters.  In collaboration with Assumption College’s Office of Campus Ministry, Advocates for Life co-sponsors a number of on and off campus efforts to educate the community about life issues and provide for those in need.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:15
Pope Francis’ Address to Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life PDF Print E-mail

Posted by ZENIT Staff on 30 January, 2017


Here is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis’ address to participants of the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, on the theme: “Fidelity and perseverance: intertwined responsibilities” on Saturday morning in the Vatican:

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is for me a cause for joy to be able to receive you today, as you are gathered in the plenary session to reflect on the theme of faithfulness and abandonment. I greet the Cardinal Prefect and thank him for his words of presentation; and I greet you all, expressing my gratitude for your work in the service of the consecrated life of the Church.



For Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Assumptionists, education wasn’t merely about the memorization of important facts and the earning of grades.

It was about formation:  intellectual, moral, and spiritual.

After all, d’Alzon wanted to make sure human beings understood their purpose as creatures of God.

Members of the Assumptionists and the Assumption College community again learned about d’Alzon’s educational project at this year’s Assumption Day, which was held Jan. 13.

Much of the day consisted of reflections on the summer’s Education Congress, which brought Assumptionists and lay collaborators from all over the world to Assumption College, and also general thoughts on d’Alzon and education in the 21st century. Speakers included Fr. Dennis Gallagher, vice president for mission, Fr. Richard Lamoureux, director of formation, and Dr. Louise Carroll Keeley, provost and vice president for academic affairs.


_At the end of January, Fathers Marcelo Marciel, assistant general, and Fr. Luiz Gonzaga da Silva, provincial of Brazil, flew to the capital of Angola, Luanda, to begin exploring a possible foundation in this former Portuguese colony in central Africa. The foundation is foreseen to be a collaborative effort of the Province of Brazil and the Province of Africa and the first Assumptionist foundation in a Portuguese-speaking country on this vast continent.

Angola is located due south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and like the DRC is rich in natural resources. It has large reserves of oil and diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and rich agricultural land. Despite this, Angola remains very poor, having been ravaged by a bloody civil war from 1975 to 2002. Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century to 1975. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa; however, these riches remain largely in the hands of a few: Angola's politicians, miners, oilmen and the associated multinational corporations.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 11:42
General Councils of the Assumption Family Meet in Paris PDF Print E-mail

_From January 9-11, the general councils of the Assumption Family held their regular meeting in Paris which occurs every eighteen months. The congregations represented include the Religious Sisters of the Assumption, the Augustinians of the Assumption, the Oblates of the Assumption, the Little Sisters of the Assumption, and the Orants of the Assumption.

Each meeting consists of three parts: a sharing of major news of each institute, a discussion of a topic of common spirituality, and planning and evaluation of common projects. The principal news item for four of the congregations (all but the Religious Sisters of the Assumption) dealt with the preparation for general chapters which will be held in the spring and summer of 2017.

For the last three meetings of the general councils, participants addressed the three vows as the theme of common spirituality. Each congregation presented the founders/foundresses’  thinking on the theme and how it developed over history. Finally, a document is produced that can be used for the formation of young people or for the continuing education of religious in the various institutes.

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