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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.

 
ASSUMPTION COLLEGE TRUSTEES VISIT THE ASSUMPTIONIST GENERAL HOUSE IN ROME PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Cesareo, president of Assumption College, together with trustees, Assumption Rome students, and members of the Assumpionist community in RomeDr. Cesareo, president of Assumption College, together with trustees, Assumption Rome students, and members of the Assumpionist community in Rome

From October 1-8 more than fifteen of the twenty-five members of the Assumption College Board of Trustees, the body in the American higher educational system that bears primary responsibility for the institution's mission, sets institutional priorities, determines the budget, and hires senior management, and many of their spouses were in Rome for its first-ever visit, a visit with multiple purposes.

First, the Board wished to focus on their primary responsibility as a body, namely safeguarding the mission of the institution. In order to do so they spent an entire day listening to a series of talks beginning with the superior general, Fr. Benoît Grière, on the role of trustees at an Assumptionist institution. He addressed such topics as the meaning of Assumption College as a mobilizing work of the congregation, his expectations for College trustees, and avenues of broader collaboration between the College and other Assumptionists educational institutions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:01
 
A Brazilian Assumptionist bishop gains emeritus status, Jose Geraldo da Cruz PDF Print E-mail

A Brazilian Assumptionist bishop Jose Geraldo da CruzBy Br. Ramón Gutierrez, A.A.

I had the pleasure of being present to accompany my religious brother, the bishop of Juazeiro, Jose Geraldo da Cruz, on the day that he passed the episcopal reins to the new diocesan bishop, Carlos Alberto Breis Pereira, OFM, and immediately became bishop emeritus. I was the only Assumptionist able to attend this event in Juazeiro.

I had also been present in this city in 2014 and had the opportunity to spend time with many priests, religious, and lay-people. The occasion: the day that Bishop da Cruz rededicated the cathedral and confirmed its status as the shrine of Nossa Senhora das Grotas. There was an atmosphere of joy and profound reverence that day.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 11:27
 
ASSUMPTIONISTS OPEN NEW COMMUNITY IN BUKAVU (Democratic Republic of the Congo) PDF Print E-mail

Democratic Republic of CongoAfter repeated invitations from the archbishop of Bukavu, Most Rev. François-Xavier Maroy Rusengo, the Assumptionists recently opened a community in this large eastern Congolese city on the southwestern shores of Lake Kivu, bordering Rwanda and Burundi.

The Assumptionists are not new to the region. In 2001 Assumptionist bishop, Charles Mbogha, was named archbishop of Bukavu, a position he held until his untimely death in 2005, but whose short mandate left an indelible impression on the clergy and lay-people of the archdiocese.

At the beginning of the 20th century the White Fathers (the Missionaries of Africa) opened various communities in this region, parishes, schools, and dispensaries. In 1959, just before independence took place, Pope John XXIII erected Bukavu as one of the six archdioceses of the country. The archdiocese and its institutions have often been the victims of armed conflicts which have troubled the mineral-rich eastern part of the country. Its location next to Rwanda, itself subject to internal tribal divisions (like the 1994 genocide), left the city vulnerable not only to an influx of refugees but all the subsequent problems that arose.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 22:45
 
AN INTERVIEW WITH BRO. BRIAN VERZELLA, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

BRO. BRIAN VERZELLA, A.A1) Would you share a bit about your background: family, childhood, early education etc.?

From my earliest childhood memories, God has occupied a central place in my life. I can recall as a youth being captivated by a painting in my bedroom wherein Jesus is seated among a group of children, so at ease and welcoming. This image instilled in me a sense that Christ was accessible to me and spurned a longing to know him, as friend and as Lord. I was born a “Cradle Catholic” with parents who instilled the faith in me from an early age. Although I was born into the Latin Church, many of the formative years of my youth were spent within the Byzantine Rite, due in part to certain “innovations” that had gained prominence in the sometimes tumultuous post-Conciliar Church in the U.S..  In time, however, my family and I would make our way back to the Roman Catholic Church.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:06
 
CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER – FALL 2016 PDF Print E-mail

CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER – FALL 2016After celebrating the Sunday liturgy together, the community, residents and guests gathered recently for this semester’s first CONVERSATIONS AT THE CENTER at the Assumptionist Center in Brighton, where the overriding theme was “Launch Us on the Adventure of Mercy!” More specifically, the presentations zeroed in on the inspirations gleaned by attendees at this summer’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland as experienced by Fr. Ron Sibugan, AA, campus minister at Assumption College and Cameron Martin, a member of the college’s choir and a teacher at Algonquin Regional High School.

The theme for this year’s WYD was, “Blessed are the Merciful for They Shall Obtain Mercy.” After visiting several significant sites in Italy and France where the U.S. Assumption pilgrims traveled in the footsteps of Fr. d’Alzon and were greatly touched by his spirit and his love of the Church, youth, the poor and marginalized. Moving on they met up with the international Assumptionist pilgrims in Brussels and then on to Krakow, Poland where they represented fourteen countries. According to Fr. Ron and Cameron, what was most striking during this pilgrimage was the over whelming experience of celebration, openness, hospitality, diversity, fraternity, love, solidarity, commitment, trust and compassion experienced not only by meeting other pilgrims but by living with host families in Poland. Because of the many languages represented during daily encounters with folks, there were many creative methods of communicating devised that were quite successful!

 
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