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Assumptionists Organize 2011 Lourdes / World Youth Day Event PDF Print E-mail

Brother Martin in LourdesEvery summer the Assumption Family organizes a series of programs for young people: retreats, pilgrimages, volunteer opportunities, etc. This summer, as in previous years, we are taking advantage of World Youth Day to plan a special program that will not only include WYD but the national pilgrimage to Lourdes as well.

Br. Martin Dulchev, a young Bulgarian Assumptionist who is studying in Lille, France, has been asked to organize international groups who are planning on joining the Assumption Family pilgrimage to Lourdes and participation in World Youth Day in Madrid in August. The following interview will help our readers know more about this program as well as a little about Br. Martin himself.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 23:55
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Ecumenical Prayer Service PDF Print E-mail

1_RevGordonScrutonOn Friday evening, January 21, 2011, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, on the campus of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, the third annual service for Church Unity during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity brought together Christians of many churches throughout the Commonwealth in spite of the inclement weather.

In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Francesco Cesareo, president of the College, alluded to Pope Benedict’s remarks during his weekly catechesis this past when he said, “We are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in which all believers in Christ are invited to join in prayer to witness the profound bond that exists among them and to invoke the gift of full communion. Providential is the fact that prayer is placed at the center of the path to build unity: this reminds us, once again, that unity cannot be a simple product of human action; it is above all a gift of God, which entails growth in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 23:37
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Special Report PDF Print E-mail

Jerusalem CrossThe “Little Flock” of Christians in the Middle East
by Bernard Jouanno, A.A
(Responding to the often expressed desire of numerous bishops in the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI convoked a special gathering in Rome from October 10-24 with the theme: “The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness.”)

At the intersection of three continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe), at the crossroad of great civilizations, the countries of the Middle East (from Turkey to Iraq, passing through Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine Jordan, and Iran) are experiencing a particularly painful moment today marked by conflict and war. More than others, these countries are dear to believers. Why? Because, in fact, they are the cradle of the three great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; it was here that they were born and developed. It was here that the Word of God was revealed to the People of Israel who welcomed it and passed it on from generation to generation in its books, which make up the Bible. It was also here that the early Church came to birth and grew thanks to the apostles and first Christians.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 January 2011 20:25
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New Community Opens in Alicante, Spain PDF Print E-mail

New Community Opens in Alicante, SpainAfter we closed the communities of Cáceres in 2003 and Almería in 2005, the members of the Province felt that we were concentrating our forces too much in the Madrid area. Given this reality and the arrival of Congolese brothers to work with us, we thought it advisable to open ourselves to new horizons. After the various communities discussed the matter as well as the Council of the Province, we decided in August 2009 to name a committee of 4 religious together with the provincial to look for a site within another diocese where we had never been before.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:24
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Introducing TOBIAS, the magazine for 27 million U.S. single Catholics PDF Print E-mail

TobiasThere are 27 million single Catholics in the United States, and not all of them are recent college graduates or young professionals.  Some are widowed or divorced.  Some are single parents.  And not all who are single are actively searching for spouses.  It is important to address Catholic singles of all ages and stages in their personal faith journeys, and Tobias, the magazine for single Catholic living, does just that.

Bayard U.S. is pleased to add Tobias to its portfolio of Catholic periodicals. This magazine offers inspiration for single Catholics in a fresh and contemporary way. Typical topics include singles who dare to make a difference, faith at work, and personal stories of courtship and marriage.

From humorous quotes to heartwarming articles, Tobias strives to provide everything the Catholic single is looking for.  “Tobias editor Christina Capecchi has her finger on the pulse of the community of single Catholics in the U.S.,” said Bayard President and CEO Bret Thomas.  “We believe that this audience deserves a high caliber magazine of their own to help them navigate the challenges of living a Catholic life in a secular culture.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 23:49
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Perpetual Religious Vows of Br. Eduardo Molina PDF Print E-mail

Perpetual Religious Vows of Br. Eduardo Molina

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 23:36
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Dr. Glenn Arbery Leads Assumption Day Reflections PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Arbery (right)On Friday January 14, 201  at Assumption College, Dr. Glen Arbery, the sixth occupant of the d'Alzon Chair in Liberal Studies led the fourth annual Assumption Day reflection, focusing on St. Augustine and Beauty. The talk itself was, appropriately, such a beautiful thing that the medium became the message.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 11:24
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Vietnamese Diary: Chapter X PDF Print E-mail

Dinh and his Assumptionist friend, Paul HungWe were in a traveling rhythm by today. No sooner had we unpacked our bags than we were packing them again and on the move.

It was gong to be very hard to leave my grandmother, my uncle and his family in just a few hours. It had been so long that we hadn’t seen each other and there wasn't enough time to visit and catch up. We just enjoyed each other's and that was enough for us. When I opened my eyes this morning that was the first thing that came to my mind.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 January 2011 15:26
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The Latest News from the Assumptionist Foundation in Bucharest PDF Print E-mail

(the following is a letter sent by Fr. Michel Kubler, AA, superior of the new community, to his friends)

Dear Friends,

Michel Kubler, A.A.Thank you for the many wonderful responses I received from the first letter I sent out four months ago. The new year presents a perfect opportunity to bring you up to date  on what has been happening.

Although I was supposed to arrive in Bucharest on September 14, 2010,  I decided to come a day early because of the death of Fr. Bernard Stef. This Assumptionist was an esteemed figure in the Greco-Catholic Church (Oriental rite) to which he remained faithful in spite of some of the worst persecutions. I wanted to try my best to be present at his funeral, and it was a powerful symbol that my new community was united for the first time to bid farewell to this older brother of ours who left us at the very moment our house in Bucharest was being reborn. If you believe in signs, well, the day of my arrival in Romania was the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, which filled me with the conviction that it was the right time to be turning the page on my former life, my 20 years at a newspaper (La Croix) of the same name. The following day - therefore, my first full day in our new house - the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, under whose patronage the Assumptionist mission in Eastern Europe, to which I am now committed to serve, has been placed.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 January 2011 21:46
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A pre-Christmas visit by Cardinal Tauran PDF Print E-mail

Cardinal Jean-Louis TauranAs we come to the close of our celebrations of the bicentennial of the birth of our founder, Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon, Cardinal Jean-Louis TAURAN, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue honored us with a visit to the general house in Rome on December 18th. This close collaborator of Pope Benedict XVI presided at the Eucharist that day.

During his homily, he reminded us of this thought from Blaise Pascal:·“Apart from Jesus-Christ we know nothing about life, nor about death, nor who God is or who we are for that matter.”

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 19:53
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