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Lourdes 2005 PDF Print E-mail

Alex, Dihn, Ricky and I had the privilege of participating last summer in the Annual National Pilgrimage to Lourdes organized by the French Province of the Congregation. The experience gave us an opportunity to participate in different activities such as the daily Eucharist, prayers in the grotto, processions, community service and socializing with some religious and diocesan seminarians who were also there.

Brother Carlos, A.A.


Two experiences during my stay in Lourdes marked me personally. In Lourdes I felt proud of being an Assumption. The pilgrimage gave me an idea of how dedicated and committed are my Assumptionist brothers to the ministry for the sick. There was an active participation on the part of the greater Assumption Family. Every Assumption sister and brother was doing something for the realization of a common endeavor.

Secondly, the feeling of being at the site where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette 19 times in 1890 was remarkable. The pilgrim’s expression of faith was inspiring to behold coupled with the prayerful atmosphere of the place. As a religious, the experience was a source of inspiration and spiritual renewal. It would be good to derive strength from the experience when the going gets tough. Finally, the pilgrimage was a testimony of how “unity in diversity” is lived concretely in the Church. People who were there came from different cultural backgrounds, age groups, etc. but all unanimously joined together in praising God, the source of healing and consolation. I am most grateful to God for the grace of being at Lourdes and for having participated in the apostolate of my Assumptionist brothers and sisters last summer.

Bro. Carlos Melocoton, A.A.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 July 2006 13:47
World Youth Day - 2005 PDF Print E-mail
Alex Castro, Carlos Melocoton, Ricky Montanez

Like the first World Youth Day I attended in the Philippines in 1995, the recently concluded World Youth Day held in Germany was an opportunity to experience the vitality and universality of the church at its best. The Church is indeed young and alive in those who participated in the XX WYD. It was an occasion to renew one’s commitment to the church and most especially an opportunity for the young people to deepen their faith in God through the activities of the event and their encounter with other young Catholics from around the world.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 March 2006 15:01
Fourth of July 2005 Cookout PDF Print E-mail

Assumptionist Center, Brighton, MA,  July 4, 2005

Many from the US region gathered for the annual Fourth of July cookout hosted by the Brighton community. The weather could not have been better, and the celebration was enhanced by the presence of some of our brothers from the "diaspora:" Fr. Teddy Fortier from our community in Athens, Greece; and Frs. Luc Martel and Oliver Blanchette from our mission in East Africa. We were joined also by our Sisters from Worcester, the Religious of the Assumption. As part of the occasion, Fr. Dennis Gallagher, Regional Superior, offered some words of thanks on behalf of the community to Fr. John Franck, for his nine years of generous service to his brothers as Provincial Superior.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2006 13:08
Dalzon 2005 PDF Print E-mail

For the first time in the Assumptionist history lay people participated in the General Chapter. Please read more at:

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 July 2006 13:46
Brother Rick Montanez Renews His Vows PDF Print E-mail


Bro. Ricky Martinez
After a year which took him from Chile to Colombia to the Philippines to Worcester and to Brighton, Brother Rick Montanez, A.A., renewed his vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in a simple ceremony at Assumptionist Center in Brighton on Tuesday, January 4, 2005.


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 April 2006 02:31
Founder PDF Print E-mail

Assumption College, Worcester, MA, October 1, 2004 

At the Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit the Augustinians of the Assumption awarded a d’Alzon Medal to Francis P. Gurley, the College's Executive Vice President/Treasurer.


Last Updated on Sunday, 19 March 2006 14:48
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
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