Canonization of Mother Marie Eugenie
AMA Robin LaRouche and Chaparral children
The Assumption sisters first came to the United States in 1919. That year we opened a boarding school for girls in Philadelphia: Ravenhill Academy. Later, we were invited to open a school in Miami as well as to staff a school in Bay Comeau, Quebec.
Although our own schools closed in the 1970s, we continue our mission of effecting change in society through prayer and education in the four communities of the United States Province. For us, this means doing many different things, but all that we do is marked by the spirit of our Rule of Life, our General Chapter documents, and our own Provincial Project. All of our houses practice what we call “biblical hospitality” as a way to reach out to the people of the Church in our local communities. This hospitality is a significant feature of all of our community and province apostolic outreach.
In the Philadelphia area our communities are present in the urban neighborhood of West Philadelphia and in a suburban parish in Lansdale, a town about 25 miles north of the city.
In West Philadelphia, our apostolate covers a number of different constituencies. We minister at St. Frances de Sales parish and are also connected with the Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania, leading groups of young people on immersion experiences to our community in Chaparral, NM.
Through teaching at the Hispanic Bible Institute and sacramental preparation at La Milagrosa Chapel, we minister to Hispanic immigrants. We also run faith formation programs for the Ecuadoran community of Danbury, Connecticut.
The most recent outreach has been to groups of adult laypeople. A group that began the Spiritual Exercises in the 19th Annotation mode in 2006 has grown into several groups interested in spiritual practice, spiritual reading, and scripture study. In addition, some members of the initial group have become teachers of the Exercises themselves. Some have also made a more formal commitment in the Assumption itself, becoming members of the “Friends of the Assumption,” an international organization within our congregation.
This house also served as the novitiate in 2007- 2009 under the direction of Sr. Clare Teresa Tjader, R.A., a former Superior General of the Assumption.
1001 47th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
In Lansdale we are committed to St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, involved in parish life, Gospel sharing, spiritual direction, hospital visitation and peace and justice concerns. Through our work for the Archdiocesan Filipino Ministry based at Our Lady of Hope parish in Philadelphia, we have a lively outreach to immigrants in the northern part of the city and its suburbs.
Our convent also welcomes Vietnamese - American children of St. Maria Goretti parish for sacramental preparation and hosts Taize prayer gatherings once a month.
All are welcome to share in our daily prayer of the Divine Office and Eucharistic adoration.
Religious of the Assumption
506 Crestview Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
Worcester is the site of our Provincial House.
We collaborate in the work of education with our Assumptionist brothers at Assumption College through teaching, providing service opportunities in the spring and summer, library work and campus ministry. Sisters also minister to the immigrant community through work at the parish of St. Peter’s in the Main South section of the city. At St. Peter’s, the English as a Second Language classes and an after-school mentoring program were founded and are carried out by Sisters and many volunteers from Assumption College and Clark University as well as adults from the parish and the area.
In September 2007, the province bought the former rectory of St. Andrew’s parish from the Diocese and turned it into the Assumption Center.
The headquarters of our lay volunteer program, the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA), is housed in the Assumption Center. A project of the Religious of the Assumption since the 1950s, AMA has been particularly active in the U.S. since the 1980s. Since its move to Worcester in 2001, AMA-USA has sent around 80 young people to mission sites both overseas and in this country. In the United States, AMAs work with our sisters in Worcester and in Chaparral.
In addition to the AMA office, the Center provides housing for the AMAs themselves, who live together in community there, working with the Sisters and other local volunteers. (They are also linked to the religious community by sharing regular meals, prayer and time together.) The AMAs offer service at St. Peter’s, Assumption Center and other neighborhood organizations that serve the disadvantaged.
Assumption Center also welcomes groups from around the city that need space for meetings or training sessions: Stand Up For Kids, Assumption College Campus Ministry, etc. It is the sponsor of the GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) lecture series which offers several talks every year.
It also is the site of the Kate O'Neill Library -- a lending library of spiritual books – founded in response to a perceived need in the neighborhood for reading material that nurtures the soul.
Once a week the Knitting Circle meets there and many times a week you will find Sisters, neighbors and friends at work in our community garden, "Semillas de Vida" or "Seeds of Life."
Religious of the Assumption
11 Old English Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Associate Missionaries of the Assumption
16 Vineyard Street
Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 767 – 1356
In the Southwest border area of the United States, we live and work among the immigrant population of the colonia of Chaparral in the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Sisters run educational and recreational programs for area children and youth, advocate for immigrant rights, teach English as a Second Language at the Community College, support families through parenting and grandparenting programs, and work in prison ministry. They participate in the building up of basic ecclesial communities through faith sharing and study of Scripture.
Each year the Chaparral community welcomes AMAs who live and work at Casa Maria Eugenia, the site of many of our programs and activities. These young people provide leadership to the youth of the area, help run the summer camps, teach in the local public schools, and often invent their own unique projects as well. Like their peers in Worcester, they maintain a strong bond with the religious community not only through working together, but by eating regularly at the Sisters’ house, praying with the community, and enjoying leisure time together as well.
300-2 McCombs Road
Chaparral, NM 88081
1300+ religious sisters
35 countries in Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa
Our International headquarters – the "Generalate" – is located in the Mother House in Paris, France. Our Superior General and her Council live there. The Congregation is divided into Provinces. Each province is a geographical and administrative entity that covers one or several countries. The provinces are headed by a Provincial and her council. The communities are the local groups of Assumption sisters inside a given province.
Religieuses de l’Assomption
17 rue de l'Assomption
75016 PARIS (France) www.assumpta.fr
Province of Central Africa: Cameroon and Congo
Province of East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania
Province of West Africa: Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger, Benin and Togo
Province of Rwanda: Rwanda and Chad
Province of the United States
Province of Mexico
Province of Central America and Cuba: Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Cuba
Province of South Atlantic: Brazil and Argentina
Province of Ecuador/ Chile
Sisters Clare Teresa and Francis Joseph of the Philadelphia community
Lansdale Sisters at prayer
Assumption College chapel
Mentoring teens and children at St. Peter's Church
AMAs and Sisters
Casa Maria Eugenia, Chaparral
Sisters of the community at Lubeck, France