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Assumptionist Community Assumes Responsibilty For Student Parish PDF Print E-mail

San Donato in PolverosaSan Donato in Polverosa (Florence, ITALY)

It is an act of trust in themselves and in the future that the religious of the community in Florence (Italy) made in accepting this request of the Archdiocese. Florentin Halandut gives us an overview of the work an the spirit in which the community is approaching it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:41
Young Romanian Assumptionist to Return Home after 15 years PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Lucian Dinca(In 1995 a young Romanian student by the name of Lucian Dinca who had been attracted by Assumptionist religious life left his native land to continue his formation in France. Having earned a licentiate in theology, he was sent to Canada where he pursued a doctorate in patristics at Laval University in Quebec City. In 2008, after he successfully defended his doctoral work on St. Athanasius, he was assigned to the Assumptionist community in Florence, Italy, as a way of preparing for his eventual nomination to the new community which just opened in Bucharest, Romania. Here are some excerpts of a recent letter he wrote.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:35
Opening of Novitiate in Togo PDF Print E-mail

Opening of Novitiate inTogoDear Readers,
A few days ago we told you about the opening of a new center sponsored by the Assumptionists in Togo, called the D'Alzon Center (Espace D'Alzon), which aims at organizing meetings and discussions in three areas: current events and the media, Assumptionist spirituality, and Christian formation. Now we have the joy of announcing that for the first time in its history, the congregation has opened a novitiate in West Africa, also in Sokodé, Togo. It will train the first generation of young men attracted to the Assumptionists in this part of the world.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 September 2010 08:22
Fr. Bernard Stef Stefan, A.A. passed away PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Bernard Stef Stefan, A.A. (1916-2010)Fr. Bernard Stef Stefan, A.A. (1916-2010)
Leader in the Rebirth of the Romanian Church
Prisoner in the Communist Gulag

Ştefan Ştef was born on October 22, 1916 in Lăscud (region of Mures, Romania). He completed his elementary school education in his home town, then his early high school years in Târnăveni (1927-1930), and finally completed his secondary education in Blaj (1930-1934).

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2010 06:52
Four Vietnamese made their first vows in the congregation PDF Print E-mail

Four Vietnamese made their first vows in the congregationThis past August 28 four young Vietnamese (Duong, Duc, Nam and Tai) made their first vows in the congregation. It was an important event because it was the very first time that young Assumptionists pronounced their first vows in Vietnam.

The entire Assumption Family rented a bus for 50 to make the trip from Saigon to the novitiate some 50 miles away; there were Assumptionist brothers and Oblate Sisters, but also postulants and candidates.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 13:01
D'Alzon Center opens in Sokode, Togo (West Africa) PDF Print E-mail

D'Alzon Center opens in Sokode, Togo (West Africa)"To see far and wide and in depth"

With the name D'Alzon Centre (Espace D'Alzon), the Assumptionist community in Sokode recently opened a facility which aims at organizing meetings and discussions in three areas: current events and the media, Assumptionist spirituality, and Christian formation. These programs complement those already offered at the St. Augustine Cultural Center (Centre Culturel Saint Augustin).

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 September 2010 16:24
Africa is at the heart of the Assumption PDF Print E-mail

Africa is at the heart of the AssumptionPope Benedict XVI focused on Africa again in October, when he presided at the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. The event was aimed at finding ways Africa could overcome lingering conflicts and seek reconciliation, justice and peace.

The last issue of L'Assomption et ses oeuvres (Assumption and its Ministries), an international French quarterly, presented a series of articles on the presence of the Assumption on the African continent. The following article highlights the Assumptionist presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Last Updated on Friday, 17 September 2010 09:01
It's possible... PDF Print E-mail
Our Adveniat communityOnce upon a time, there was a group of eight young Assumptionists from Chile (one of them, a religious) who had a dream: to take part in the national pilgrimage of Lourdes in France and to learn more about the Assumption. At the outset, the situation was very difficult for them, given the fact that a trip as big as this one was beyond their means. Nevertheless, God’s help, their own work and the desire to reach their goal pushed them to move forward… Finally, after a great deal of effort, they were successful and set out on their pilgrimage. And now these same young people have returned to share a bit of their experience.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 08:39
A Few Echoes from the Festival of the Bible, Montmartre Québec City PDF Print E-mail

A Few Echoes from the Festival of the Bible, Montmartre Québec CityFrom August 27-29 the fifth annual Festival of the Bible was held at the Assumptionist shrine and spiritual center in Quebec City, Montmartre canadien. The theme of this fifth festival, "L’écologie de la Bible à nos jours" ("Ecology of the Bible to our days"), opened four major axes of reflection based on Scriptural and Church teaching to provide a better understanding of the ecological crisis that calls for a spirituality of Creation. Whether in plenary conferences or workshops, the festival was an opportunity to discover much, both scientific and pastoral, about the theme. There were personal witnesses and well-prepared celebrations that nourished one's faith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:08
Bicentennial of Fr. d'Alzon: Pilgrims at Lavagnac PDF Print E-mail

Pilgrims from throughout the worldThis past August 30, the Oblates and the Augustinians of the Assumption celebrated the bicentennial of the birth of Fr. Emmanuel d'Alzon, who was born in Le Vigan (Gard) and died on November 21, 1880 in Nimes.

Founder of both orders, he spent much of his youth at the château of Lavagnac in the town of Montagnac. And during his priestly ministry he often returned here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 06:46
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