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IN MEMORIAM - FR. ARTHUR HERVET, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

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Father Arthur Hervet A.A. (Nov 11, 1938 – Nov 23, 2020) spent much of his Assumptionist life serving the poor in various capacities. For around twenty years he was chaplain on the chapel-boat “Je Sers” (I Serve), moored in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, just outside of Paris. There he founded “La Pierre Blanche,” a nonprofit association that serves those without access to housing, food and healthcare. In 2006 Fr. Arthur was transferred to Lille, a city close to France’s border with Belgium. He became well-known in his fight for the protection and wellbeing of the city’s Roma, a vulnerable immigrant population with a significant presence in France.

We pray for the repose of his soul as we remember the profound witness he gave to the dignity of every human life.

This feature article (in French) gives excellent insight into Fr. Arthur’s life of service: https://www.lepelerin.com/foi-et-spiritualite/les-grandes-figures-de-l-eglise/lettre-au-pere-arthur-cure-des-roms/?fbclid=IwAR22c6OFK7hOCezCSp5hB6tES8ZdQz9WcxOhiNK7djnLz5VkbB8mYcCemEs

 
A Thanksgiving Message to our Assumption Family PDF Print E-mail

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PROVINCIAL POST - THE WIDOW'S MITE PDF Print E-mail

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In today's Gospel, to get this last week of the liturgical year underway, we meet one of the heroines of the Gospel. We know the situation of widows in the ancient world. No laws of inheritance, no social security, no safety net at all, widows were at the mercy of those willing to offer assistance. Like “prostitutes and tax-collectors,” “widows and orphans” are conjoined in the Gospel, the latter as a kind of shorthand for the most vulnerable in our midst.

But the widow in today's reading is not honored because she belongs to a category that elicits our compassion. She’s celebrated for what she does, for something that is so deeply expressive of Gospel teaching that it foreshadows the salvific action of Christ himself.

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Emmanuel d'Alzon: Portrait and Prayer PDF Print E-mail

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On the 140th anniversary of the entrance of our founder, Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon, into eternal life, we share with you this digital icon created by Brother Blair Nuyda, A.A, followed by a prayer written by d'Alzon for perseverance in our vocation.

 
Assumption University Congo PDF Print E-mail

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The students from Assumption University Congo have produced a promotional video about the school's new programs. The institution has been funded and is lead by the Augustinians of the Assumption.

Université de l'Assomption au Congo «U.A.C»

https://uaconline.org/

https://www.facebook.com/uacuniversite2018/

https://www.facebook.com/UAC-Online-103900924750732

 
November 13, Feast of the Three Bulgarian Assumptionist Martyrs PDF Print E-mail

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November 13 - Blesseds Kamen, Pavel, and Josaphat

The feast of our three Bulgarian Marytrs is an opportunity for us to pause each year to reflect on their legacy.

To remember means to render present among us these brothers whom the Church, as a result of their beatification, considers to be a gift for all Christians.

Kamen Vitchev, Pavel Djidjov, and Josaphat Chichkov compel us to broaden our horizons. To maintain among us the memory of our three martyrs helps us to understand ourselves better and the martyrdom (that is to say, the witness) to which the Lord is calling each of us today.

Almost 70 years ago, our three brothers were imprisoned. First, Kamen in December 1951, and then Josaphat and Pavel on July 4, 1952. During their imprisonment they were mercilessly beaten, tortured and interrogated and forced to live 15 to a cell built for 3 or 4….which meant that most of the time they could hardly find enough air to breathe adequately.

And then suddenly on September 29th they were subjected to a show-trial, a real legal mockery, well organized by the Communist authorities. The truly trumped-up charges were all fabricated, completely made up. In what did these accusations consist: of these three Bulgarian patriots who had dedicated their lives to the service of their people? Accused of being spies for the Vatican…..yes, of the Vatican, this all-powerful, menacing State of less than a square-mile in size. And accused of being capitalist agents plotting to overthrow the « legitimate » regime of the Bulgarian people. How ridiculous!!!

Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2020 10:16
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BENI SCHOOL PROJECT UPDATE: PRINCE OF PEACE SCHOOL COMPLEX PDF Print E-mail

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«It is not enough to teach. On must lift students up; education is a much more difficult task than simply teaching. » Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, Spiritual Writings

The Prince of Peace School Complex remains focused on its motto: « Discipline, Peace and Excellence ». This motto which goes hand in hand with Fr. d’Alzon’s ideal of education (cited above) is the rudder that guides our educational activity at the School Complex. This is what distinguishes us from other schools and is the source of our pride in this region of the country, where armed conflict has not spoken its last word. We accompany our students not just intellectually but also humanly, spiritually and psychologically. We aim to touch the whole person.

Education at Prince of Peace is an undertaking that cannot be limited to lessons given in the classroom. It reaches beyond the classroom to extra-curricular activities and even to the home. Teachers, parents, priests, brothers and sisters, we all see ourselves as partners in this work of education and together we believe that we will give the best of ourselves to assure the future of our children. We base this on the confidence and collaboration that exists between parents and students on the one hand and students and teachers on the other.

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National Vocation Awareness Week PDF Print E-mail

It's National Vocation Awareness Week! Our Vocation Ministry Director, Bro. Blair Nuyda,  shared a message on his Vocation as an Assumptionist Brother at this year's convocation for the National Religious Vocation Conference.
Click the link below to view Bro. Blair's message:

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"As a Brother, we are encouraged to seek creative ways to serve. I’ve always liked to draw and paint, and I’ve been encouraged to use my artistic talents in ministry" -Bro. Blair Nuyda AA

 
PROVINCIAL POST - MAKING SAINTS PDF Print E-mail

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As we approach All Saint Day, let me offer a few thoughts on holiness. One of the central affirmations of the Second Vatican Council was the universal call to holiness. This means, among other things, that holiness is not the preserve of a particular segment of the Church’s life, but that all baptized Christians are called to live holy lives. A good complement to this teaching on holiness was another point of emphasis in the Council: the dignity of the lay vocation. Called to holiness, lay people are to express that holiness by participating in the transformation of the world as members of families, as citizens, and in the workplace.

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REMEMBERING FR. DONALD ESPINOSA, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

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In this video, friends, family, and Assumptionist brothers share memories of Fr. Donald Espinosa, A.A., who spent his life in service to others and brought joy and direction to so many people.

In a recent interview, Fr. Donald shared his hopes for our congregation, "my dream and hope is to see a significant growth in the extended Assumptionist family...It is important for us to contribute, through the reality of partnership, to the Church and the world. That is who we are: religious and lay with Christ at the center. We are all sons and daughters of Emmanuel d’Alzon. Together we must continue to proclaim the Coming of the Kingdom!"

You can read more about Fr. Donald Espinosa and his 57 years of joyful service to the people of God as an Assumptionist by clicking the link below:

https://www.assumption.us/about-us/portraits/237-fr-donald-espinosa-aa

 
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