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…

Return of the honest men

Check out Bro. Paul Henry's latest reflection below.      On this special feast day, let’s give some thought to what the Church wants us to understand by the use of the phrase “right religion.” It might mean I’ll have to work on (and convert from) my tendency to fashion…

Bro. Daniele on religious life

  "So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him." - Luke 15:20 Yesterday, I made my first vows with the Assumptionists. During…

Congratulations

Many congratulations to our newly-professed brothers:  Manuel, Roderick, Daniele, and Brian. They've officially completed their Philippines-based novitiate and, as you can tell from the picture, are thrilled. May God continue to guide them on their journeys as members of the Assumptionists. And please continue to keep them in your prayers.…

Miracles in Cleveland

And not only because of the Cavaliers' victory, as Fr. Dennis Gallagher reports below:  As the people of Cleveland prepare to celebrate, at long last, a championship, consider the good work being done at St. Augustine's parish in the Tremont neighborhood of the city: 1. Center for ministry to the…

Frs. Norman and Camillus head to Concord

Retired religious don't stop having fun. Frs. Norman Meiklejohn and Camillus Thibault recently made the trip to Concord, MA., which, along with nearby Lexington, is where the American Revolutionary War began. Denise Osborn, a driver and companion for elderly Assumptionists, managed to snap some pictures of their travels. Check them out…

Embrace the blues

American Catholics — and everyone, really — should never be afraid of the blues. No, I don’t mean depression or sadness, although that’s true, too. Rather, I’m talking about what the critic Albert Murray called “affirmation, which is to say, reaffirmation and continuity in the face of adversity.” According to the…

A note of congratulations

The Assumptionist family wishes to congratulate John McGlynn and Bro. Michael Carter, SSE, two residents of the Assumptionist Center in Brighton who graduated from Boston College Monday. McGlynn pursued graduate studies in business, while Carter pursued graduate studies in theology. 

Fr. Ron’s Baccalaureate homily

Fr. Ron Sibugan delivered the homily at the Class of 2016's Baccalaureate Mass. The full text is below:  As I was doing this homily, one thing that really struck me — as I looked back on my own college life — is that this is truly an adventure. It asks…

Introducing Fr. Simon

  My name is Simon Njuguna, an Assumptionist from Kenya. Since I joined the Assumptionists as a candidate in 1997, I have been rotating between our communities in Kenya (Nairobi) and Tanzania (Arusha). I joined the Assumptionists after being in the diocesan seminary for some years. At some point I…