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My “Close Encounter with the Pope Kind”It was a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning at St. Peter’s Square! I thought that concelebrating at the Papal Mass for the Marian Jubilee on the 9th of October was already a privilege, kissing the hand of Pope Francis, and even embracing him was such as blessing!

We were at the end of our two-week stay in Rome for the Retreat of the Board of Trustees of Assumption College. It so happened that the weekend of October 8th and 9th was designated as the Marian Jubilee for the Year of Mercy so we, the Assumptionist group, signed up for the celebration. The group included Fr. Claude, Fr. Peter, Fr. Dinh and myself. Fortunately, we were seated two rows away from the altar during the Mass; that was already a privilege. At the end of the Mass, Pope Francis greeted the concelebrants; and since we were close enough, we were able to hold his hand, talk to him, and I was able to embrace him! That was an unexpected but a grace-filled moment. After that experience I felt so stunned, and my knees were shaking, and all I can was WOW!

Fr. Alex Castro, A.A.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:29
Assumption College Announces Holiday Performances - Dec 7 & 8 PDF Print E-mail

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Assumption_College_ChapelAs an institution deeply rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, Assumption College offers an array of celebrations as the community prepares for Christmas Day. Two of the College’s most popular Christmas traditions—Lessons and Carols and the Assumption College Band Christmas Concert—are scheduled for  December 7 and 8 in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, located on campus. All events are free and the general public is invited to attend.

Advent Lessons and Carols
7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Chapel of the Holy Spirit

The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a tradition originating in 19th century England, has been celebrated at Assumption College as a worship service for the Advent/Christmas Season and features both biblical readings and sung carols. This year, the theme of Lessons and Carols is “Ancient to Modern,” a celebration of the season of advent through the ages.  Songs and music will range from Ancient Gregorian chant to Matt Maher’s contemporary music and multilingual readings of Scripture and prose will be represented as well.  Music will be led by the Assumption College Music Ministry and readers from the Assumption community.  Come celebrate this beautiful season with a long-standing and beloved Assumption tradition.

The Educational Congress 2016 PDF Print E-mail

The Educational Congress 2016


The article was first reported by Assumption Magazine

They came from around the world, each with their own experiences and traditions,
but sharing faith and a commitment to the teachings of the Venerable Father Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption. For 10 days a diverse group of teachers and administrators from Assumptionist institutions from across the globe engaged in spirited discussion, careful study and a sharing of stories and challenges. In the end they emerged stronger, refreshed and recommitted to advancing Fr. d’Alzon’s vision for education; to help their students discover
what it means to lead their best lives.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 18:49

Congratulations, Fr. Peter!!!On Sunday, November 20th, 2016, Fr. Peter Precourt, A.A. celebrated his fortieth anniversary as an Assumptionist priest. The concelebrated Mass took place at St. Anne/St. Patrick Parish in Sturbridge, MA where Fr. Peter is Pastor and also Regional Superior for the U.S. Territory of his congregation. Gathered for the liturgy were many of his brother Assumptionists, his sister and her husband, parishioners, friends and guests. In his homily, Fr. Peter focused on the feast of Christ the King and how essential it is for us as baptized Christians to allow Jesus to be the most important priest, prophet and king of our lives on a daily basis. In addition, Fr. Peter expressed his heartfelt gratitude to God for the many graces bestowed on him during these forty years of serving His people. Following Mass there was a bountiful reception in the parish hall where the celebration and fellowship continued into the afternoon.

Congratulations, Fr. Peter!!!

A Conversation on Mission to the Poor PDF Print E-mail

A Conversation on Mission to the Poor

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:06

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!


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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Attn: Beni School Project
330 Market Street
Brighton, MA 02135

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 16:17

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

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.


 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
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