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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
Assumptionist Center - New Academic Year PDF Print E-mail

Assumptionist Center - New School Year

Assumptionist Center, located in Brighton, MA, is home to a small community of Assumptionist religious. These religious invite a limited number of young, single men who are studying and/or working in the Boston area to share an experience in Christian community life in the Catholic tradition. They come together on a regular basis for meals, prayer, recreation and meetings during which they try to discover how God is working in their daily lives.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 September 2010 02:31
Assumptionist Summer "University": The Mediterranean, Mother of Humanity PDF Print E-mail

Assumptionist Summer From August 25-29, over 300 lay-people and religious gathered at the Assumptionist conference center near Lyon, France, to participate in the sixth session of the Assumptionist Summer "University" series (dating back to 2001). This year's topic was of particular relevance to world events: "The Mediterranean: Mother of Humanity - from one shore to the other." Does this vast sea, home to great religions and cultures (Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Alexandria, Istanbul) act as a link or as an impassable abyss?

Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 07:12
Mexico Mission’s 25th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail

Mexico Mission’s 25th AnniversaryLeaving all that is familiar – your home, your family and friends, and your culture – creates an environment that encourages profound reflection, new perspectives and personal transformation, says Fr. John Franck, A.A. ’70. For many of the hundreds of Assumption students and alumni who have participated in the College’s annual Mexico Mission trips, those changes have lasted a lifetime. This year the Mexico Mission program is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 September 2010 16:25

Plaque in the parish church of St. Peter's in Le ViganThe celebration of the bicentennial of our Founder has taken its cue from the theme "Following Jesus Christ with Emmanuel d’Alzon", developed according to the three dimensions evoked by Fr. d’Alzon in a letter that he wrote on September 2, 1878, to Sr. Marie-Véronique Guiraud, on the occasion of the anniversary of his baptism: "Sixty-eight years ago today I was baptized, my dear child, and I have chosen this day to answer you in the hope that you will make a novena for me to obtain from Our Lord the grace to hold fast to the vows of my baptism, my ordination, and my profession".

Fr. d’Alzon, it is said, preferred to recall the anniversary of his baptism rather than that of his birth. In fact, one can find in his correspondence the date of his baptism mentioned at least nine times (in 1849, 1859, 1867, 1869, 1875, 1877 two letters, 1878, two letters).

His baptism took place in the parish church of St. Peter's in Le Vigan, where a plaque still commemorates the occasion.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2010 02:16

Emmanuel d'AlzonTwo hundred years ago today. August 30, 1810, Emmanuel d'Alzon was born in Le Vigan, southern France, in the foothills of the pictueresque Cévennes Mountains. His father, Viscount Henri Daudé d'Alzon, was in the words of one of Fr. d'Alzon's biographers, a somewhat timid man, given to study and meditation, rather than to action. His mother, Jeanne Clémence de Faventine Montredon, presented quite a contrast - extremely intelligent, vivacious, strong-willed and the heir of a wealthy estate. Both were deeply religious. When this, their first-born, arrived, Henri was pacing the grounds of their property, and, when notified of the birth, took his son in his arms, raised him up, and said, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

Please join us in giving thanks to God for the life and example of this zealous apostle.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 12:10
New Assumptionist Community to Open in Bucharest, Romania PDF Print E-mail

Sts. Andrew and Peter Dear Friends,

After leaving La Croix (Assumptionist daily newspaper in Paris) as an editor-in-chief at theend of 2009 and having enjoyed a sabbatical, my superiors have asked me to goto Romania.  I will begin my new ministryon September 14 in Bucharest, where the Congregation will re-open a large houseto serve dialogue among the Churches and the unity of all Christians.

Being involved inreconciliation between divided communities of faith has been one of our"trademarks" and was particularly developed in Eastern Europe, a land which isalmost 90% Orthodox. So it is that, for more than 100 years, the Augustiniansof the Assumption have been present in Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey,as well as Jerusalem, in what we call the "Mission d'Orient" (Eastern Mission).

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 17:02
Renewal of Vows - Brother Ronald Sibugan, A.A. PDF Print E-mail

Photo AlbumThe Assumptionist Center in Brighton, MA was the site of Bro. Ron's renewal of temporary vows on Saturday, August 28th, the Feast of the Solemnity of St. Augustine. Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., Regional Superior, celebrant and homilist at the liturgy, received Bro.Ron's profession of vows on behalf of the congregation and the Church.

In his homily, Fr. Dennis spoke of Bro Ron's life journey, freely chosen, as  charting a course that binds himself and his fate to that of Christ, "participating in his redemptive love for the world." In desiring to live out this ideal on a daily basis, Bro Ron and all Assumptionists are strengthened by the model of their father St. Augustine's desire "to lead a life of peaceful contemplation," amid the challenges and demands of life which require frequent surrendering of one's self for the love of Christ. Truly, Bro. Ron's profession of commitment bore witness to this ideal.

Following the liturgy, the community and guests of Bro. Ron continued the joyous celebration with a cookout in the backyard of the Center.    


Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 08:11
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