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First Vows 2004 PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday, August 28, the feast of St. Augustine, our father, in the outdoor pavilion of St. Anne's Shrine in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, thousands of miles away from their homeland, but surrounded by hundreds of their fellow countrymen, parishioners, friends, and members of the Assumption family, male and female, Brothers Clemente Boleche, Jr., Alex Castro, and Carlos Melocoton made their first vows, committing their lives freely and fully to God in the Augustinians of the Assumption. Their profession marks another important step in the dream of an Assumptionist foundation in the Philippines, scheduled for the summer of 2006. The ceremony was capped off by a delightful and delicious meal of Filipino dishes, including lechon (roast pig). Filipino song and dance followed, of course. Together with their brother, Ricky Montañez, who made his first vows in January in Chile, Clem, Alex, and Carlos will begin seminary studies at St. John's Seminary in Boston in September.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2006 04:00
Barrio Fiesta PDF Print E-mail

Saint Anne's shrine in Sturbridge, July 31, 2004

On Saturday, July 31, our Filipino brothers joined with their friends (from near and far) to celebrate a Barrio Fiesta (something like a Filipino "block-party") at Saint Anne's shrine in Sturbridge. In honor of San Lorenzo Ruis, a couple hundred folks gathered for prayer, singing, dancing, games... and lots of food and fellowship .


Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2006 14:10
A New Look at Asia PDF Print E-mail

From January 15 to February 4 Fr. John, our provincial, visited the Philippines and Vietnam. He had the opportunity to meet with 22 young men who showed an interest in the congregation. Halfway through his visit to the Philippines he was joined by Fr. André Antoni, the provincial of France, and Benoît Grière, his assistant, who came to understand better the Filipino reality and to see first-hand the many formation centers which the Philippines has to offer. On January 26 the three of them travelled to Vietnam. In the past ten years a large number of Vietnamese students have come to France and joined the Assumptionists. This visit was an opportunity to meet with various Church authorities to clarify our future in Vietnam, to see other young men interested in coming, and to visit the parishes and villages of those who have already come.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 09:53
Filipino Christmas Concert --2003 PDF Print E-mail

In spite of a foot of snow, our Filipino Christmas Concert took place in the Assumption College Chapel on Sunday, December 7 (featuring Assumptionist novices and candidates, Assumption Sisters and members of the College Choir Chapel). About 50 people (from as far away as New Jersey) enjoyed a great show for the benefit of the Assumptionist-Foundation-in-the-Philippines Project.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2006 04:23
Sister Teresa Nha-Trang, R.A. First Profession PDF Print E-mail

Sister Teresa Nha-Trang, R.A. made her first profession of vows at Our Lady of Vilna Church in Worcester MA on Saturday, November 8, 2003. Along with her mother, father, brother, and two sisters from North Carolina, she was surrounded by the sisters and brothers of her religious family and by friends and members of the Worcester Vietnamese community.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 05:39
The First Filipino Assumptionist PDF Print E-mail

Brother Ricky "Ricardo" Montañez Cañet, A.A. made his First Profession of Vows at the Capilla San Antonio de Padua in Pomaire, Chile on January 4, 2004 along with 3 Brazilians: Bro. José Carlos da Silva, A.A., Bro. Luiz Antonio Quirino Adao, A.A. and Bro. Joao Gomes da Silva, A.A., and 2 Columbians: Bro. Carlos Gustavo Rick and his good friend and brother, Carlos Gustavo Silva Virguez, A.A. and Bro. Delimiro Ramon Jaime Pacheco, A.A. The mass and ceremony were presided by Rev. Fr. Miguel Fuentealba Melo, A.A., Provincial Superior (Chile-Argentina) and Rev. Fr. Marcos L

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2006 04:11
Oswaldo's Final Professions PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday, October 18, Br. Oswaldo Garc

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2006 13:49
A Filipino Step PDF Print E-mail

The Assumptionists of the North American Province have begun a journey which we hope will lead us to establish ourselves in the Philippines. With the encouragement of the Religious Sisters of the Assumption (who have been in the islands for many years) and with the blessings of the leadership of the Filipino Church, we have begun to accept young candidates from the Philippines. Currently, we have four novices and five candidates, as well as one Vietnamese candidate.

On Monday, October 13, a group of men and women (lay people and religious) interested in making this dream come true met at Saint Anne’s Parish in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, to celebrate Saint Lorenzo Ruis and, under his patronage, to begin plans to support and fund this exciting project.

Thanks to those who took part … and to all those who will join our team in the weeks and months ahead. If you’d like to know more about becoming part of the project, please contact Development Office at 617.783.0400


Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2006 14:44
Assumption College Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 2003 PDF Print E-mail

October, 2003- Assumption College celebrated the opening of the campus’s new Science Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 9, 2003. The ceremony took place in the atrium of the new building, with about 275 students, faculty, staff, Assumptionists, and distinguished guests in attendance. AC Press Release

Chile Visit -- September 2003 PDF Print E-mail

In late September, Fr. John Franck, the provincial of the North American Province, traveled to Chile to give a series of talks to the novices and to renew bonds with Assumptionists that he met there in 1994 while he was learning Spanish.

During his trip Fr. John was able to participate in Chilean national independence day celebrations in the company of the novitiate community and the community of the Religious Sisters of the Assumption (called also RA) in Santiago. Shortly thereafter, he was present at the opening events of the canonical visitation of Fr. Richard Lamoureux, Superior General of the Assumptionists (a canonical visitation is an official visit made every six years by the superior general to a province in order to encourage, evaluate, and plan).

In Pomaire, Chile, about an hour’s drive southwest of the capital city of Santiago lies the Latin American novitiate for the Assumptionists. Every year young men from throughout Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador) begin their formal, one-year introduction to religious life together. This year, for the first time, a Filipino candidate has joined their ranks, Ricky Montanez, speaking Spanish well enough to profit from this international experience.

Assumption in Chile: an Overview

On November 5, 1890 ten Assumptionists arrived in Chile after a five-week voyage by boat from Bordeaux in southwestern France. The bishop of Valparaiso, Mariano Casanova, had made a trip to Europe the previous year and had met the Assumptionists while on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Impressed by their dedication and solid doctrinal preparation, he invited them to found a house in his diocese, in the town of Rengo. Later, in 1892, he entrusted to them the small chapel of Lourdes in Santiago. From these humble beginnings the Assumptionist presence has expanded to ten communities in 2003, five parishes (including the “small chapel of Lourdes” which has now become a national basilica attracting thousands of pilgrims each year) and three houses of formation in Chile and two houses in Argentina (another shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and a house of formation).


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