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REFLECTIONS ON A SUMMER MISSION IN MEXICO PDF Print E-mail

American Assumptionists, Brothers Daniele and BrianBr. Brian (second from the left), Br. Daniele (first from the right)

(This summer two young American Assumptionists, Brothers Daniele and Brian, are spending time working at our new mission in Orizaba, Mexico, in the state of Veracruz. Recently they reflected on their experience. Here are some excerpts….)

from Br. Daniele Caglioni

I really do feel at home here. The concept of time, the pace of life, are SO different than they are back home. It has helped me in my desire to not be so perfectionistic.

Honestly, I'm starting to discern whether I can return here for my diaconate year. I know that this seems like a lightning bolt, and that's why I'm only saying "discern" for now, but... the family spirit, the simplicity of the people, their acknowledgment of God's centrality in their lives, this has really grown my desire to work with the poor. Before I left, Fr. Simon asked where I would like to be assigned in my first assignment after priesthood, and I said, "I want to work with the poor, mon pére." My experience in the Philippines was so life-changing. I treasure the opportunity to live in the midst of simplicity. The souls of these brothers and sisters here are like clear mirrors. You can sense their feelings, their thirst for God, their struggles, and joys. Being here has really strengthened my knowledge of my own charism: I am meant to be with people.

But I know what's most important is GOD'S will for me, not my own. So that's why I've chosen to frame this as "further discernment."

 
INVITATION PDF Print E-mail

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SR. REKHA M. CHENNATTU, ELECTED THE SUPERIOR GENERAL OF THE RELIGIOUS OF THE ASSUMPTION FOR 6 YEARS PDF Print E-mail

Sr. Rekha M. Chennattu

On July 5, 2018, the Religious of the Assumption, gathered in general chapter in Lourdes, France, elected Sr. Rehka M .Chennattu superior general. Born on May 31, 1963, currently provincial of India, she has also been involved in the formation of young sisters for the past 10 years. Professor of Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Atheneum in Pune (India), she participated in the synod of bishops for the new evangelization in October 2012. A member of the Federation of the Conference of Asian bishops for theological questions, she has made presentations on many topics including religious life, women’s leadership, Biblical exegesis, theology and spirituality. Sr. Rehka has published many works both in India and abroad.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:37
 
"TRUE PEACE" - THE ANNUAL NOVENA TO ST. ANNE PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2018 10:26
 
UNITED STATES INDEPENDENCE DAY - JULY 4, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America!

Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved we give you thanks, for the work that still remains we ask your help, and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation, grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth.

Amen.

(Weekday Mass for Independence Day-Collect)

 
EVANGELIZING IN THE CLASSROOM PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Oswaldo Garcia Sanchez A.A. pastor of St. James the Apostle Church in Tlilapan

(This article first appeared in the newsletter of the Assumptionist Region of Mexico, Venga tu Reino.)

Aurora “Bollo” Maltos Díaz has been a lay Assumptionist for many years. She has been actively involved in the coordination of Assumptionist missions in the state of Veracruz which she has continued doing year after year. From the moment we took over the parish of Santiago Apóstol de Tlilapan near Orizaba, together with her husband Rafael Martínez Guizar, and their colleague, Maricarmen Martínez Álvarez, she has graciously offered to our parishioners excellent training workshops in various fields. The editorial team of Venga tu Reino asked her to say a few words about her experience as a lay Assumptionist. Here’s what she said.

Aurora “Bollo” Maltos Díaz

Since the very beginning of my teaching years at the University in the field of design, in all these years it has struck me that being a teacher means updating oneself continually, finding new ways every year to prepare my classes, to fill my students with passion, to complete the best projects with them, to shape them, and to help them discover their potential. Thus there rises the great desire that your teaching form them deeply and that your experience be a gift you place at their service; in a way you become an “evangelizer” in the classroom. What a task! I, a teacher, in the image of my true Teacher of Life, Jesus Christ! He is the One who, through the Assumptionist charism which touched my heart and which changed my life forever, transformed me from top to bottom.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:42
 
CONGRATULATIONS FR. ROLAND, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

CONGRATULATIONS FR. ROLAND, A.A.

By Fr. Dennis, A.A.

I am happy to report that Fr. Roland has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association for two of his “Ask Father” columns in Catholic Digest.  The awards were announced last Friday evening at the annual meeting of the CPA in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The two columns were “Will I see my relatives in heaven,” and “Why did my husband die so young,” both characterized as topical and well-written.

Congratulations, Roland!

 
Greetings from Rome! PDF Print E-mail

Greetings from Rome!

These past few days, we have been walking (it seems like climbing) the streets of Rome with the SOPHIA program students of Assumption College. We have visited various cultural and religious monuments and had a day at the beach as well. Despite these exhausting walks under the sun, there seems to be a good spirit of community in the group. There is so much to discover and Dr. Francesco Cesareo and his team of professors and guides  were very helpful in facilitating that among our students. Our group had the rare opportunity to visit the Secretariat of State near the Apostolic Palace. We also celebrated the Eucharist at the tomb of Saint Peter. We will have a few more activities in the coming days as the program winds up. On Wednesday, we are looking forward to see Pope Francis during the weekly Papal Audience.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2018 14:58
 
LETTER FROM THE PLENARY COUNCIL TO ALL ASSUMPTIONIST RELIGIOUS AND LAY MEMBERS OF THE ALLIANCE PDF Print E-mail

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June 11, 2018  Arusha, Tanzania

Letter from the Plenary General Council to all Assumptionist religious and lay members  of the Alliance

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Plenary General Council, gathered in Arusha (Tanzania), was pleased to validate the statutes of the future vice-province of East Africa. Three countries — Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania— will benefit from this new structure 30 years after the first community was established in Nairobi (Kenya), spearheaded by the Provinces of England and North America. The Assumption is developing in this part of the world and is assuming its part of the mission to hasten the coming of the Kingdom.

During this meeting, we also reflected on our older foundations, especially our fragile presence in the Near East (‘Mission d ‘Orient’) and, in particular, in Istanbul, Turkey. Will the long history of the Assumption on Turkish soil have a future? After departing from Ankara in 2000— with the transfer of our house to the Jesuits— the community of Istanbul is the last witness of our presence in Turkey. But the community is very fragile and beginning this coming autumn it risks being reduced to one active religious.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:27
 
ALUMNUS CARRIES ASSUMPTIONIST MISSION TO ECUADOR PDF Print E-mail

Alumnus Carries Assumption Mission to Ecuador

BY FATHER RICHARD E. LAMOUREUX, A.A., ’64 VICE PRESIDENT FOR MISSION

When they graduate, Assumption students have a number of possibilities open to them. Frank Bruno ’17, an English and mass communications major from Wethersfield, CT, has spent much of his time since graduation engaged in a year of service helping those in need in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

“I remember that week, I couldn’t help but admire the volunteers for their bravery in addition to the way in which they live, valuing simplicity, community, relationship, and faith,” reflected Bruno. “I will always give thanks to God for putting me on that trip to Ecuador junior year.”

There is no typical day for Bruno; each one is challenging and fulfilling in a different way. Bruno spends much of his time in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Monte Sinai. As a volunteer at an afterschool program, he tutors neighborhood children in English and helps them with their homework. Bruno also spends time in the homes of the families of Monte Sinai, listening to their life challenges but also learning from them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:25
 
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