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HIKING AS METAPHOR: MY FIRST HIKE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PDF Print E-mail

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1—3 JULY  2020
Matthew-Mary Okereke, AA

Having the chance to hike during this difficult Covid-19 era was an opportunity I still feel indebted to God for. The enormity of this opportunity can be seen in the fact that for my safety, the safety of my other brothers in the community, and the safety of the society at large, I, like every other member of our Emmanuel House community, have been on lockdown for more than three months. Getting out to see the mountains and the beauty of nature, while following stipulated health precautions and CDC guidelines, was definitely a break that rejuvenated me.

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BENI SCHOOL PROJECT PDF Print E-mail

Exterior (rear) takes greater shape (June 2020)

My dear friends,

Greetings during this most trying time when our country has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and so many lives have been turned upside down. Know that all of you remain in the daily prayers of us Assumptionists both here in the United States and in the Congo and especially among the students at the Beni School Complex.

I would be remiss if I did not share with you in this number of the newsletter a word about one of our most remarkable Assumptionists who died this past May at the age of 104, Fr. Oliver Blanchette. After a long and distinguished career as a teacher, pastor, and retreat-master, Fr. Oliver accepted to go to Africa at the age of 83 (!) to help our young men studying for the priesthood there. Let me share with you part of an article that appeared in the local Catholic newspaper.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2020 13:41
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INTERVIEW WITH BRO. HUGO FERNANDO MORALES BALLESTEROS, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

BRO. HUGO FERNANDO MORALES BALLESTEROS, A.A.- Would you share a bit about your background: family, childhood, early education etc.?

- My name is Hugo Fernando Morales Ballesteros. I was born in Manzanares Caldas, Colombia, in 1976. I am the second child among four siblings. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the St. Thomas University and a Bachelor of Theology from the St. Bonaventure University in Bogota, Colombia. I specialized in Pedagogy. I wrote two books on the Teaching of Philosophy. I have worked as campus minister and secondary teacher for subjects related to Philosophy, Religion and Humanities. My parents have been a source of inspiration. Their faith has taught me that the purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. They have a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. It was in this atmosphere of faith and involvement in the Church that I received God’s call to the religious life.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 21:02
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PERPETUAL VOWS OF FOUR ASSUMPTIONISTS IN NAIROBI PDF Print E-mail

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Mother Church gives us every year the opportunity to celebrate Pentecost, fifty days after Easter in memory of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. But, this year, this feast was not celebrated in parishes as usual because of the disease commonly called Corona Virus or the Covid19. It came quite suddenly, changed the usual ritual of our celebrations and the very lifestyle of our societies. The disaster caused by this disease has affected most nations and its victims are increasing every day all over the world.  To avoid this wave of covid19 contamination, many countries have taken various preventive measures among which are a ban on going out, touching or greeting others, Church services are suspended, schools and universities have closed and students have been sent back to their families.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2020 20:53
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VIDEO - CHATS WITH SR. THERESE DUROSS, R.A. PDF Print E-mail

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We're kicking off our new series on the Assumption family! In today's clip Sister Therese Duross, Religious of the Assumption, shares a fondest memory along her Assumption journey. Stay tuned for more upcoming clips on life in the Assumption.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2020 20:54
 
FR. DENNIS GALLAGHER, A.A. REAPPOINTED PROVINCIAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN PROVINCE PDF Print E-mail

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The Province of North America celebrates the appointment of Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A. to a second term as Provincial by our Superior General, Fr. Benoît Grière, along with his council. Join us in prayer as he continues to passionately serve the Assumptionist mission and charism across Canada, Mexico and the United States.

We encourage you to leave a special note for Fr. Dennis in the comment section on Facebook!

"...that the face of Christ may become more radiant in our communities, shining out to those whom we serve in our parishes, our centers of faith formation, our educational institutions and in foundations yet to be born." - Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A.

 
PROVINCIAL POST: GOING TO COMMUNION PDF Print E-mail

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When I was a kid, without giving it a whole lot of thought, we used to speak of “going to communion.” It amounted to leaving one’s pew at “communion time” to get the wafer. If that sounds crude, how’s this: we were always interested when the Church gave out stuff: ashes on Ash Wednesday, palms on Palm Sunday, and “communion,” alas, at every Mass. So much for the commodification of the liturgy.

Who knew that “going to communion” had untold depths of meaning? Of all the theological developments that helped prepare the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council, the restoration and subsequent enrichment of the understanding of communion was of the first order of importance.  There was, to begin with, the connection between communion and life. The biblical teaching is oriented in this direction: where there is life rich in relationship, there is found life in the full. Where there is isolation, life seeps away.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 08:34
 
SATURDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate tomorrow in the Sunday Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

O God, from whom all good things come,
grant that we, who call on you in our need,
may at your prompting discern what is right,
and by your guidance do it.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS  (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
For our bishops and priests who have inherited the cloak of leadership in the Church, that they may be prompt and faithful to their divine calling.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That leaders of nations might collaborate with each other for the good of their people.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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ASSUMPTION ACHIEVES UNIVERSITY STATUS PDF Print E-mail

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Assumptionists throughout the world are celebrating this significant milestone in Assumptionist education.

On June 10, 2020, Assumption College officially became Assumption University—a landmark moment in the institution's 116-year history.

Learn more about Assumption University by visiting www.Assumption.edu

"Teaching and education were the great pastoral activities undertaken by our founder, Fr. Emmanuel d'Alzon. Our mission in education is to form men and women who are free, responsible, bold, full of imagination and capable of developing their potential, finding their place in society and contributing their part to the work of creation. An Assumptionist education is interested in every dimension of human beings and at every stage of their lives." - Assumptionist General Chapter 2017

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 08:37
 
FRIDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME PDF Print E-mail

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You are also invited to participate in the Daily Mass online at worcesterdiocese.org

 The following can be prayed alone or with family members in your household.

 In the name of the Father,
and of the Son (+),
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT
Brothers and sisters,
let us acknowledge our sins.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

 I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER
Let us pray.

O God, from whom all good things come,
grant that we, who call on you in our need,
may at your prompting discern what is right,
and by your guidance do it.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

READINGS  (click for readings of the day)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
For our Holy Father, our bishops, priests and deacons, that they may preach and teach the Gospel with the same clarity as the Lord Jesus did when he walked among us.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That we may recognize God in the tiny whispering sound of his coming.
We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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