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RENEWAL OF VOWS PDF Print E-mail

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As we celebrate the Renewal of Vows of four of our Assumptionist Brothers here in the United States, we are united in prayer with our Brothers who are also part of the North American Province and are also renewing their vows:

Bro. Rafael Huerta Ramos, A.A.: Livestream of the Renewal in Mexico will begin at 6:00PM (Eastern Time)
https://www.facebook.com/tuparroquia/

Bro. Dagoberto Rodriguez, A.A. (a native of Mexico, currently studying in Argentina) Livestream of the Renewal in Argentina will begin at 4:00PM (Eastern Time) Santuario Lourdes
https://www.facebook.com/Santuario-Lourdes-849011375134551/?ref=page_internal

Bro. Elmer Vergara, A.A. has also renewed his vows at the Adveniat House Chapel with our Assumptionist community in the Philippines.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 August 2020 11:03
 
INVITATION TO ONLINE VIEWING OF THE RENEWAL OF VOWS PDF Print E-mail

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The Renewal of Vows Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AugustiniansoftheAssumption/

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2020 04:58
 
ASSUMPTIONIST BROTHERS RENEW TEMPORARY VOWS PDF Print E-mail

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"On the feast of our Father, St. Augustine, Brothers Brian, Daniele, Hugo and Matthew-Mary are renewing their commitment to Assumptionist religious life.

“Ever ancient, ever new” is how Augustine described the beauty of the God to whom he had surrendered himself after years of searching. Each of our brothers has his own itinerary marked by repeated signs of God’s faithfulness. Their profession of vows is a response to this fidelity on God’s part, this firm anchor in an uncertain world.

In renewing their vows, they teach us about the true nature of freedom. They choose once again to bind themselves to Jesus Christ and to the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. In doing so and with God’s grace, they are attacking at the root the possessiveness and egoism that bind us so tightly to ourselves. Faithfully observed, the vows are the royal road to loving freely and generously.

It is the special mark of human beings that in one moment in time they can speak words that give definitive form to an unknown future. In professing these vows, our four brothers set out once more to place their lives in the service of God’’s kingdom. We thank them for their courage and assure them of our prayers for the journey that lies ahead."

- Fr. Dennis Gallagher, Provincial Superior

We invite you to join us this Friday for the renewal of vows of our brothers. The Mass will be live-streamed on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AugustiniansoftheAssumption/

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2020 05:08
 
GUEST POST - LETTER FROM THE DESERT PDF Print E-mail

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Today’s guest post is written by Fr. Peter Precourt, A.A. He is currently living in El Paso, Texas, the site of our newest foundation in the United States.

New Mission in El Paso, Texas

We recently committed ourselves to a new apostolic project at St. Francis Xavier Parish in El Paso, TX. Our efforts at the parish will be focused on meeting the spiritual and material needs of migrants. Our presence along the U.S./Mexico border will allow us to carry out this work that is at the heart of our Assumptionist charism "to go wherever God is threatened in man and man threatened as the image of God."

Letter from the Desert

I am no longer a hermit. Fr. Ron has arrived to be with me. He appeared on July 23 and went into a separate building until results came back from his COVID-19 tests. After almost two weeks, he was able to move in with me in the casita at the diocesan center. We have already set our schedule for the community. We have morning and evening prayer together and celebrate televised Mass, Monday through Friday, with the Bishop. We celebrate Mass in the casita on the weekend. When it comes to cooking, Fr. Ron does the majority of the meals. A welcome relief from my cooking over these last months. It is certainly a major shift in my diet as I am now getting accustomed again to Filipino style food. Fr. Ron is making good use of his farewell present from Emmanuel House Community. That rice cooker is never going to gather dust. As you may know, we will be moving in September to St. Francis Xavier Parish to begin our ministry in El Paso.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2020 05:12
 
NEW PASTORAL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE DIOCESE OF EL PASO PDF Print E-mail

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The Most Rev. Mark Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, is pleased to announce new pastoral assignments for various clergy serving the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.

San Francisco Xavier Parish
(South Central El Paso)
Priests from the religious community of the Augustinians of the Assumption will begin serving the Diocese for the first time, and will assume pastoral leadership of San Francisco Xavier Parish in South Central El Paso. The parish will house three priests of the Order, who will serve this parish as well as focusing their pastoral attention on the increasing needs of migrant refugees along the El Paso-Juárez border. Three priests will be assigned to the parish: the Pastor, Fr. Peter Precourt, AA; Fr. Ron Sibugan, AA; and a third Augustinian of the Assumption priest to be announced.

“I trust that the assignment of the Augustinians of the Assumption to St. Francis Xavier will invigorate this wonderful parish community and also strengthen all of our service to migrant refugees along the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Bishop Seitz said. “It is in keeping with Pope Francis’ wishes to be a Church for all God’s people with special attention to those brothers and sisters on the peripheries of society,” he added.

The Order of the Augustinians of the Assumption was founded in 1845 in Nimes, France, by Venerable Emmanual d’Alzon. The order’s provincial office in the United States is located in Brighton, Massachusetts.

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CARDINAL PAROLIN VISITS LOURDES WITH FRENCH NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE PDF Print E-mail

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The article was first reported by The Independent Catholic News.

Aug 16th, 2020

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, presided at Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady at the Sanctuary at Lourdes as part of celebrations marking the annual French National Pilgrimage to the shrine.

Over the past few months, people around the world have had to adapt to a different way of living, working and praying because of the Coronavirus pandemic. But it didn't stopped the annual French National Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

On Wednesday, the 147th pilgrimage began with Holy Mass in the Church of St Bernadette. Organised by the Assumptionists, the four day pilgrimage had as its theme: 'Going to the Source of Love.'

Because of social distancing restrictions, this year's event was smaller than usual - with just 500 pilgrims taking part in person. Fr. Vincent Cabanac, director of the French National Pilgrimage, explained that despite the difficulties regarding the pandemic, this was a "rendezvous" they didn't want to miss. And many thousands of others were able to be part of the pilgrimage virtually, via radio, television and the internet.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2020 13:10
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INVITATION TO RENEWAL OF TEMPORARY VOWS PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2020 12:34
 
ASSUMPTIONISTS HIGH SCHOOL IN BENI, D.R. CONGO - PRINCE DE LA PAIX PDF Print E-mail

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The school is now serving 169 high school students and adult learners seeking basic secondary school skills (up from 132 last year). Included in these statistics are students who have fled insecure zones and need remedial classes. Please support our project by donating at https://www.assumption.us/support

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2020 09:00
 
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY PDF Print E-mail

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Assumpta Est Maria! On this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we share with you an icon painting timelapse from our very own Brother Blair Nuyda, A.A.

"No, nothing held Mary to this earth, and everything called her to heaven. Holy desires, purified by the virtues that calmed their fire to meet her needs, gave the most excellent of creatures, the Mother of God, her final perfection." - Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon, founder, Augustinians of the Assumption

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2020 09:35
 
PROVINCIAL POST - THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER PDF Print E-mail

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The pandemic is getting old.  Usually, we refer to these days as the “dog days of August,” when the accumulated heat of summer days and the lethargy they induce are to be put up with for a few more weeks.  For baseball fans, it normally means the slog through the late summer schedule before the home stretch in September.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2020 10:03
 
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