God is good

In Russia during Soviet times many churches were shut down.  In a certain neighborhood of Kiev, Ukraine, one such church was not only shut down but demolished.  As of 2008 what remained was an empty piece of land located next to a small dilapidated building that had previously been part…

Crux Editor John Allen to speak at Commencement

CNN Sr. Vatican Analyst, Crux Editor to Deliver Address at Assumption College’s Centennial Commencement College to Bestow Honorary Doctorates Upon Founder of Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Exec. Dir. of Catholic African-American Scholarship Organization During May 14 Ceremony   WORCESTER, MA (March 13, 2017)—This spring, Assumption College will celebrate its centennial…

Celebration of consecrated life

  We wanted to follow-up our ecumenical prayer service post with this:  We'll be celebrating consecrated life 7 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Paul Covino, director of campus ministry at Assumption College, said: "During this Mass, we want to highlight the Augustinians of…

Ecumenical prayer service

You can find information about this service on both the main Assumptionist website and the college's website. We wanted to post it here, too, though, because it actually demonstrates an important aspect of Assumptionist life:  ecumenicism.  Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity to Focus on Reconciliation Annual service to be…

AA trivia

Despite what many people believe, Christmas doesn't end on Dec. 25. So it's still the perfect time to share this bit of information about the congregation. A significant day in the Assumption is, of course, Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption. But another is Christmas, and not only because…

Some updates from AA land

Emmanuel d'Alzon wanted Assumptionists to stay busy. Members of the US region of the congregation are living up to his directive. We've pasted some pictures of recent Assumptionist appearances and events below. Take a look!Fr. Mulumba Matsongani was on the committee that prepared and organized the St. Andrew's African Community…

Congratulations to our brothers

Congratulations to Frs. Mulumba Matsongani and Alex Castro, both of whom recently celebrated priestly milestones:  10 years of priesthood for Fr. Mulumba and five for Fr. Alex. In commemoration of the occasion, Fr. Alex posted this on Facebook page: This was five years ago ( Nov. 12, 2011), when I received the grace…

More than one Assumptionist vocation

Assumptionists aren't just priests and brothers. Laymen and women are also members of the congregation, making them just as Assumptionist as anyone else. A few updates from the Lay Assumptionist world: --French, Colombian, and Spanish members of the International Commission met recently in Worcester and were overseen by Fr. Marcelo Marciel,…

Major panel this week

  Pope Francis on Marriage and the Family: Faithful Continuity or Departure from Tradition? 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…

Assumptionists meet Pope Francis

Not everyone who visits Rome gets to meet Pope Francis. But a few Assumptionists did. Members of the Augustinians of the Assumption, or Assumptionists, were in Rome recently and had the chance to chat with the Holy Father. One of them, Fr. Vo Tran Gia Dinh, who is currently serving as…

Fruitful trip to Rhode Island

The Assumptionists were pleased to visit Rhode Island Oct. 3 for a day-long vocations workshop run by the NRVC, or the National Religious Vocation Conference. Participants from various congregations -- the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Dominican Sisters of Peace -- discussed ways of…

The Adventure of Religious Life

(image from amazon.com)  The above comes from a great book by Albert Dilanni, SM, called, unsurprisingly, "Religious Life as Adventure." Check out this passage from the introduction: A member of my religious community, a close friend and a poet by nature, once remarked that we would not see an increase in…

Gauge the Age: More from Bro. Paul Henry

(from Wikipedia Commons)  Here’s an invigorating dose of Augustinian Realism: “You may think past ages were good, but it is only because you are not living in them.” From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop (Sermo Caillau-Saint Yves 2, 92: PLS 2, 441-552) He who perseveres to the end will…

Penetrating the world with the Christian Idea

Here's a note from Fr. John Franck on the recently-finished Assumption Education Congress.  Barely three months after his ordination, the future founder of the Assumptionists, Emmanuel d’Alzon, wrote to one of his best friends this remarkable passage: “The most intimate thought of my soul is that the world needs to…

“Putting out into the (new) Deep:” A talk by Mary Ann Glendon

Below is a talk Mary Ann Glendon gave to Assumptionist educators during the recently-concluded Education Congress.    July 25, 2016 World Congress of Assumptionists Assumption College Worcester, Massachusetts                                            PUTTING OUT INTO THE (NEW) DEEP                    Challenges Facing the Church and Catholic Educators in the Globalized…

An update from Fr. Alex

Fr. Alex Castro, who is home in the Philippines, wrote this July 13. Enjoy! Greetings from warm Manila! It is already my 4th week now. (Time flies by so fast!) Last night we had a big celebration of Fr. Bernard’s birthday. This week I will be meeting with the treasurers…

Like Matthew

Here's another update from Fr. Ron. Enjoy! On our seventh day in Rome, we went to a French Mass in San Luigi deli Frances, where the Calling of Saint Matthew by Caravaggio is located. I have been wanting to see this for a long time, and I am glad I had the…

Dispatches from Italy

Fr. Ron Sibugan, the vocation director for the United States, is in Europe right now, preparing for World Youth Day. Below, he details part of his trip to Italy.  On our fifth day in Rome, we decided to slow down. We also picked up Cameron at the airport in the afternoon. On…
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