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THANKSGIVING PRAYER PDF Print E-mail

Thanksgiving PrayerGod all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite; as we come before you on Thanksgiving with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share your gifts in loving service. Amen.

( Collect, Mass for Thanksgiving Day)

A very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you from the Assumption Family!

 
OFFICIAL INAUGURATION OF PRINCE OF PEACE SCHOOL COMPLEX PDF Print E-mail

Beni School Project

Fr. Protais Kabila, provincial, and Br. Dubois, headmaster, at grand opening MassFr. Protais Kabila, provincial, and Br. Dubois, headmaster, at grand opening Mass

My dear friends,

It is with great joy that I share with you news of the official grand opening of the Beni school, the result of the generosity and prayers of so many of you. The school has been operating for two months now but the Assumptionists in the Congo wanted to highlight the importance of this school and its significance. On Monday, November 7, 2016, students, teachers, parents, friends, political authorities, and many Assumptionists gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving.

In his homily, the provincial of the Assumptionists in Africa, Fr. Protais Kabila, underlined the raison-d’etre of the school: “education for peace, justice, reconciliation, and tolerance among people, in a word, educating for human dignity in the spirit and the tradition of the Assumptionists. In the footsteps of Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, our founder, we are investing in education wagering that it is a leaven that has the power to transform society, accompanying people ‘until Christ be formed in them’. That is why this school has taken as its motto: ‘Discipline, Peace, Excellence’.”

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 16:17
 
NEW NOVITIATE YEAR LAUNCHED IN MADAGASCAR PDF Print E-mail

Part of the novitiate compound, Toliara, MadagascarPart of the novitiate compound, Toliara, Madagascar

On the feast of the Assumption, August 15, all of the Assumptionists in the diocesan see of Toliara gathered in the novitiate chapel to officially welcome six new novices from different regions of the ‘big island’: Colbert Maric from the diocese of Antsiranana, Patrick from Antsirabe, Fidèle from Miarinarivo, Jean Emilien, Bernardin and Christian Fabrice from the diocese of Fianarantsoa.

At this ceremony each novice presented a symbol of his choice to mark his entrance into this new year and a brief explanation. « My vocation is symbolized by a battery that does not work if it is not charged.  In other words a vocation needs to be charged if it’s going to produce a current. This ‘charging” consists in the moral, intellectual, and, above all, spiritual formation which our formators, outside speakers, and spiritual directors will provide.” Colbert Marick

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 11:40
 
LAY/RELIGIOUS ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION COMES TO THE UNITED STATES PDF Print E-mail

The International Lay/Religious Alliance Commission of the Augustinians of the AssumptionLast week the International Lay/Religious Alliance Commission of the Augustinians of the Assumption came to the U.S. for its annual meeting. Established by the last General Chapter of 2011, the commission was charged to provide guidance to the many alliance groups around the world. The commission, chaired by Chile native Fr. Marcelo Marciel, AA, an assistant to the Superior General and now living in Rome, has   provided a rule for Lay Assumptionists entitled, “Way of Life for Lay Assumptionists,” which is based on the rule of its vowed members. In addition, a guide for the formation of lay leaders has also been produced. Fr. Marcelo reminded everyone of the need to always be grounded in scripture and that we are never alone but part of a greater community.

The commission consists of members from various countries where the alliance is well established and fruitful: Fr. Claude Grenache from Boston, MA, Victoria Prada from Bogota, Colombia, Francisco (Paco) Rentero from Almeria, Spain and Marie-Claire Rouquet from Toulouse, France.

 
WHAT'S MISSING FROM THE ELECTION? FORMATION PDF Print E-mail

 Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumptionby: Jonathan Bishop

The article was first reported by The CRUX.

In order to truly understand this election, we have to look backward.

No, not in a reactionary way. Rather, we need to study the past because republics-and human beings-have faced batty, crude, and even alarming periods before. Nothing is new.

So how far should we go? Rome?  Let’s try 19th-century France and pull a figure from it:  Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption.

D’Alzon’s time was much like our own. In an 1835 letter to Alphonse de Vigniamont, a friend, d’Alzon discussed the importance of ideas and education in shaping human character, a truth already beginning to fade. His thoughts are worth quoting at length:

“The more I look at the world from this point of view, the more I am disgusted with politics, which I consider to be a dead end. There is no life there, only death convulsions, powerless attempts to organize, vain efforts, unless Catholic thought penetrates it with charity, justice, and the spirit of Christian liberty, which regardless of what they say is completely suffocated in our day. I have made up my mind, and it is confirmed each day as I read the second psalm, which I urge you to meditate.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 11:46
 
University of Notre Dame Professor to Explore Constitutional Law and Religious Freedom During Talk at Assumption PDF Print E-mail

WORCESTER, MA (November 1, 2016)—University of Notre Dame professor Richard Garnett, J.D., will address the Assumption College community on religious freedom and how, deProfessor Richard Garnett, J.D.spite growing challenges, respecting and protecting these freedoms is essential for all.  Professor Garnett’s lecture will be held on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Salon of Assumption’s La Maison building, located at 500 Salisbury Street.

Professor Garnett’s lecture, entitled “The Past, Present and Future of Religious Freedom in America?”, will thoroughly examine the meaning and limits of religious freedom, often called America’s “First Freedom,” and how they are becoming increasingly controversial and unclear. As America’s communities are becoming more diverse and as the sphere of government action and regulation grows, the challenge of respecting and protecting religious freedom for all is becoming more difficult. He will also examine freedoms of speech, association, religion, and constitutional law’s relationship to one another.

 
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER: What’s So Good About Being Married? PDF Print E-mail

11-06-2016-CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER: What’s So Good About Being Married?

 
Machozi's Calling PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Vincent Machozi A.A. (1965-2016)The priest’s return to the people of eastern Congo surprised few of his friends. His murder surprised no one.

By Art Jahnke

There was one thing about Father Vincent Machozi that worried his religious superiors in the Brighton, Mass., house of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Machozi, a contemplative priest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), operated a website, Beni Lubero Online, where he posted grisly iPhone photos of victims of violence in the DRC province of North Kivu, as well as reports that often identified the killers as military or government agents. Machozi (STH’15), who was working toward a PhD at BU’s School of Theology, hoped that the photos of dead and dismembered bodies would galvanize site visitors to help end the violence. His superiors, on the other hand, feared that they would invite the revenge of the warlords and militias who controlled the lawless province, and who could easily direct their retaliation at some of the 150 Assumptionist priests working in schools and orphanages in eastern Congo. They asked that Machozi never link the site in any way to the Assumptionist order.

 
POPE FRANCIS AND THE FAMILY: A FAITHFUL CONTINUITY OR DEPARTURE FROM TRADITION? PDF Print E-mail

_EWTN News Director, Anchor to Moderate Lively Panel Discussion at Assumption College

WORCESTER, MA (October 24, 2016)—Assumption College will host a unique discussion on Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), featuring renowned Catholic scholars and Church leaders on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Hagan Hall, located in the Hagan Campus Center, on the Assumption College Campus, 500 Salisbury St. in Worcester. EWTN News Director and Anchor Raymond Arroyo will moderate the lively panel discussion.

Amoris Laetitia was released on April 8, 2016 and encourages a comprehensive examination of the family and the many challenges posed to family life in our contemporary society. Many have debated whether Pope Francis’s teaching in this Apostolic Exhortation is a radical break from long-standing teachings on the family and marriage or if it is indeed a reflection of authentic Church teachings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:37
 
EWTN News Director, Anchor to Moderate Panel Discussion on Pope Francis's Views on Marriage and the Family at Assumption College PDF Print E-mail

Assumption CollegeWORCESTER, MA (October 3, 2016)—Assumption College will host a unique discussion on Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), featuring renowned Catholic scholars and Church leaders on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Hagan Hall, located in the Hagan Campus Center, on the Assumption College Campus, 500 Salisbury St. in Worcester. EWTN News Director and Anchor Raymond Arroyo will moderate the lively panel discussion.

Amoris Laetitia was released on April 8, 2016 and encourages a comprehensive examination of the family and the many challenges posed to family life in our contemporary society. Many have debated whether Pope Francis’s teaching in this Apostolic Exhortation is a radical break from long-standing teachings on the family and marriage or if it is indeed a reflection of authentic Church teachings.

 
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