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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.

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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

« In the DR-Congo, the Church is the last bastion of the population » PDF Print E-mail

« In the DR-Congo, the Church is the last bastion  of the population »

2016-12-18 - DR-Congo

by Marie Malzac, Dec. 18, 2016

Four questions posed to Fr. Emmanuel Kahindo, vicar general of the Augustinians of the Assumption

La Croix: What is the political situation in the DR-Congo at the moment?

Fr. Emmanuel Kahindo: The second term of President Joseph Kabila officially ends on December 19 and the Constitution forbids him from seeking a third. From that date forward he will be, in the eyes of the opposition illegally exercising power. Although this deadline is fast approaching, the parties concerned are far from reaching any agreement, especially on the role Kabila should play: should make way for a transitional president or stay in place until elections can be held?

Dialogue, under the auspices of the Congolese bishops, was unsuccessful and therefore suspended. The country is holding its breath and no one knows what is going to happen. On the eve of the deadline the capital, Kinshasa, as well as the eastern region of the country, has seen a huge influx of soldiers in order to prevent clashes. At midnight, all of the country's social media networks will be cut in order to stifle any communication among the opposition but also so that the outside world will not be witness to what is happening in the country. Nevertheless, it seems that 80% of the population is ready to be fired upon as a sign of their demand that the president leave. People are ready for anything and everything.


By Guillaume Goubert and Sébastien Maillard (Rome), May 5, 2016

Pope Francis granted the Assumptionist-run daily newspaper in Paris, an exclusive one-hour interview at his residence inside the Vatican at St. Martha House. Numerous themes were covered: Europe’s Christian roots, the migrant crisis, Islam, his opinion of France, the sex abuse scandal.

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Pope FrancisPhoto: L'Osservatore Romano

– In your speeches in Europe, you refer to the “roots” of the continent without ever describing them as Christian. Rather, you define “European identity” as “dynamic and multicultural.” In your view, is the expression “Christian roots” inappropriate for Europe ?

Pope Francis : We need to speak of roots in the plural because there are so many. In this sense, when I hear talk of the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes dread the tone, which can seem triumphalist or even vengeful. It then takes on colonialist overtones. John Paul II, however, spoke about it in a tranquil manner.

Yes, Europe has Christian roots and it is Christianity’s responsibility to water those roots. But this must be done in a spirit of service as in the washing of the feet. Christianity’s duty to Europe is one of service. As Erich Przywara, the great teacher of Romano Guardini and Hans Urs von Balthasar, teaches us, Christianity’s contribution to a culture is that of Christ in the washing of the feet. In other  words, service and the gift of life. It must not become a colonial enterprise.

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