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We have entered Lent: a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of spiritual renewal as well. For us, Africans, this year, we do so as we experience the particular reality of the northern half of our continent, Arab Africa, as we often call it.  Unprecedented events are taking place there and we all worry whether they will lead to lasting democratic changes or to a simple “cosmetic makeover” which will soon reveal the wrinkles that come with age.  Food for thought!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 09:18
Maranatha Community - Brussels, Belgium PDF Print E-mail

Alian Thomasset, A.A.(Fr. Alain Thomasset is an Assumptionist currently teaching theology this Spring 2011 semester at Assumption College in Worcester. He is "on loan" from the Region of South Belgium where he is a member of the Maranatha community. Fr. Alain holds a doctorate in theology from Louvain University. He dedicated his doctoral thesis to the work of  Blessed John Cardinal Newman.)

Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2011 22:37
AMA - today's Missionaries PDF Print E-mail

Claude Grenache, A.A. and Beth Fleming - Co-Director of AMAConversations at the Center - Sunday, March 6, 2011

The lay volunteer program, Associate Missionaries of the Assumption, was the focus of the latest in a series of “Conversations at the Center” in Brighton, MA. Sponsored by the Religious of the Assumption and the Augustinians of the Assumption and as stated in their mission statement, “AMA is a lay community of persons whose life and mission are rooted in the love of Christ and His Church.”

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 22:22
Faith & Family Magazine Finds New Home with Bayard Magazine Group PDF Print E-mail

3_FaithFamily_1New London, Conn. (February 28, 2011)—Bayard Magazine Group has acquired all future publication rights to Faith & Family magazine from Circle Media, a publishing apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ.

Faith & Family, a magazine for young Catholic families, is the center of a Christ-focused community of like-minded mothers who encourage and support one another in the joyful, challenging, important work of Catholic living. This sharing of wisdom and inspiration takes place in the pages of the magazine as well as on its vibrant website -

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 20:24
Assumption renewed in Bucharest PDF Print E-mail

Michel Kubler, A.A.On Monday, January 17th, 2011– a significant date for it was the vigil of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – the official launch of the new Assumptionist community in Bucharest, Romania took place. The renovated  building houses a Center that seeks to be at the service of Church unity and is placed under the patronage of the two apostles, Peter, “Coryphee”, and Andrew, the First-called, emblematic figures for the Churches of the West and of the East.

The local community, made up of Fathers Lucian Dinca, Michel Kubler, Cornie Nelissen and Ovidiu Robu, welcomed a good number of Assumptionists and Oblate Sisters for the event, but also representatives of other Churches, friends and acquaintances, lay people, priests, and religious. In all, close to 130 people took part in this very successful inaugural session.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 February 2011 21:24
You are a priest forever, Fr. Anicet… PDF Print E-mail

Fr. Anicet Mbusa Katomeko, A.A.Fr. Anicet Mbusa Katomeko, A.A. with his familyOn February 5, 2011 Brother Mbusa Katomeko Anicet was ordained a priest at the hands of the Most Reverend Edouard Kisonga, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa. The ceremony took place in there Assumptionist parish of The Divine Master where Fr. Anicet had his diaconate experience. Two others were ordained with him, as priest, Fr. Michel M’vula of the Congregation Love and Liberty and, as deacon, Brother Alexandre, a Norbertine.

Surrounded by family, friends, and his Assumption brothers and sisters, Fr. Anicet gave thanks to all at a lively reception held at the parish hall next door.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 20:38
Saying "YES" for a lifetime PDF Print E-mail

Brothers Kambale Mbayahi  Eric and Kakule Kamabu Jean-ClaudeOn February 4, 2011 in Kinshasa,  Brothers Kambale Mbayahi  Eric and Kakule Kamabu Jean-Claude made their final vows and committed themselves to follow Christ, poor, chaste, and obedient for life. Their vows were received by the provincial's delegate for the Kinshasa mission, Fr. Boniface Muhindo Mutahi Their profession came at the end of  week's retreat preached by Fr. Rigobert entitled: The Struggle for Fidelity. After the retreat, neither of them decided to leave! They were each determined to move forward in their vocational journey.

During the liturgy,  Fr. Boniface who presided focused on one of the readings chosen by Eric and Jean-Claude, namely, the call of Samuel. Young as he was, he didn't yet recognize the voice of the Lord. But once he did, with Eli's help, he was quick to respond.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 20:35
Assumption Sisters in Tunisia - Unite PDF Print E-mail

by Sr. Françoise Audebrand, L.S.A.

(Editor’s note: The Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA) are celebrating their 80th anniversary of presence in Tunisia. Tunisia has had only two presidents since it obtained independence in 1957. The most recent of those presidents fled on Friday, January 17, after more than two decades in power, and now Tunisia is trying something new. A coalition government was recently formed there, and opposition figures have been included in the leadership for the first time. Sr. Françoise traces the history of Assumption’s presence in this land of St. Augustine’s birth and the signs of new hope for its future. This article was written BEFORE the fall of President Ben Ali )

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 22:02

2_FrMoranFR. MORAND KLEIBER, AA - professor, philosopher, and still a missionary at 88

(editor's note: Fr. Morand came to the United States in the early 80s to take refresher courses in philosophy at Boston University. He currently lives at the Assumptionist retirement community in Albertville, France, in the foothills of the Alps and site of the 1992 Winter Olympics.)

Many ask themselves what impression one might have at arriving in retirement in the Albertville residence. I can give an answer in complete simplicity and truth, after four months at the residence. I believe that it depends on the previous life of each person: the experiences he might have had in his life of ministry, his health, or difficulties he might have to face, and of course the deepening of his religious life. As for me, I was marked by a long period of teaching philosophy at the scholasticate, then by responsibilities in the provincial community, and finally by 22 years of mission in Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire).

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 20:35
Students from Assumption on the way to the 2011 World Youth Day PDF Print E-mail

World Youth Day 2011 LogoAssumption College in Worcester, MA is very happy to be able to take a contingent of students and other members of the Assumption community to World Youth Day this summer in Madrid, Spain, August 16-21st. This will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students not only to attend World Youth Day, but also to gain a much broader, global perspective of the Assumption family and the Catholic Church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 February 2011 22:40
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