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Witnessing

The brothers are at the disposal of those who would like to understand their spiritual path. Discover here their own experience .

 

portrait father Ngoa 2018

Purpose of Formation

“When God sees that his people are in need, He calls individuals. He gives them the grace to feel and to love as he does. He gives them the strength to act. He calls them and He sends them.” - Introduction to our Rule of Life

In the Assumption there is a time of formation for those who are called. In order to be prepared and effective in our lives and mission, the Ratio Institutionis (which is our Assumptionist plan for formation) gives us the goals of the formation in the congregation:

“To form a candidate or a brother means not only introducing him to the broad outlines of the Assumptionist charism ; it means, rather, helping him to conceive within himself a creative dynamism through which he can reinterpret this charism faithfully. It is a pedagogy that leads him to appreciate its essence and to deploy its potential within today’s diversity of cultures.”- Ratio Institutionis of the Augustinians of the Assumption

We know and believe that God’s call is addressed to men who are very different from one another, considering their personal histories and their diverse gifts and aptitudes. Our living together is an opportunity to discover, understand and experience this reality. Formation is for that purpose also.

Formation is a life-long process. From the novitiate until the ongoing formation, we are learning how to adjust our thoughts, desires and actions to the will of God. Community life is very important in this process. It is there where we experience the love of God and it is from there that we are called to go out to share the beauty of this experience.

Father Ngoa Ya Tshihemba

2018-10-18T10:52:25+00:00

Father Ngoa Ya Tshihemba

portrait father Ngoa 2018
“When God sees that his people are in need, He calls individuals. He gives them the grace to feel and to love as he does. He gives them the strength to act. He calls them and He sends them.” - Introduction to our Rule of Life In the Assumption there is a time of formation for those who are called. In order to be prepared and effective in our lives and mission, the Ratio Institutionis (which is our Assumptionist plan for formation) gives us the goals of the formation in the congregation: “To form a candidate or a brother means not only introducing him to the broad outlines of the Assumptionist charism ; it means, rather, helping him to conceive within himself a creative dynamism through which he can reinterpret this charism faithfully. It is a pedagogy that leads him to appreciate its essence and to deploy its potential within today’s diversity of cultures.”- Ratio Institutionis of the Augustinians of the Assumption We know and believe that God’s call is addressed to men who are very different from one another, considering their personal histories and their diverse gifts and aptitudes. Our living together is an opportunity to discover, understand and experience this reality. Formation is for that purpose also. Formation is a life-long process. From the novitiate until the ongoing formation, we are learning how to adjust our thoughts, desires and actions to the will of God. Community life is very important in this process. It is there where we experience the love of God and it is from there that we are called to go out to share the beauty of this experience.
BrRex portrait 2018

Opportunity for practicing virtues

"Community life provides the opportunity for practicing some virtues like humility, patience, kindness, prudence and charity. Every day we have the opportunity to practice what Jesus commands us “to love one another as I have loved you.” It means being patient with one another, bearing with one another, forgiving one another. This is not easy in an international community like ours where cultures, values, languages, belief system and context are different and contradict from each other. But in the name of Christ who unites us it becomes possible."

Brother Rex Navarro

2018-10-04T11:32:11+00:00

Brother Rex Navarro

BrRex portrait 2018
Community life provides the opportunity for practicing some virtues like humility, patience, kindness, prudence and charity. Every day we have the opportunity to practice what Jesus commands us “to love one another as I have loved you.”
br Eddy portrait 2018

I am a witness to God’s works

"I came to the Assumption family eight years ago. But previously I belonged to the diocese of Providence Rhode Island in the US. Every summer I used to work in different parishes. In one of these parishes I had the privilege to meet father Phillip Bonvouloir, who introduced me to the Assumptionists. The next step for me was to apply and enter the community located in Worcester Massachusetts. Since then I have been in religious life. I am very happy and blessed to belong to this religious congregation. It is small in number, but God is working with the Holy Spirit in us. God works in mysterious ways and I witness that. From dioceses to religious life and from the US to the Philippines. At times I think God has a sense of humor, and I just have to be open to his will and grace."

Brother Eddy Gonzalez

2018-10-18T10:47:56+00:00

Brother Eddy Gonzalez

br Eddy portrait 2018
"I came to the Assumption family eight years ago. But previously I belonged to the diocese of Providence Rhode Island in the US. Every summer I used to work in different parishes. In one of these parishes I had the privilege to meet father Phillip Bonvouloir, who introduced me to the Assumptionists. The next step for me was to apply and enter the community located in Worcester Massachusetts. Since then I have been in religious life. I am very happy and blessed to belong to this religious congregation. It is small in number, but God is working with the Holy Spirit in us. God works in mysterious ways and I witness that. From dioceses to religious life and from the US to the Philippines. At times I think God has a sense of humor, and I just have to be open to his will and grace."
Portrait father Cris Quirinal

Why I became an Assumptionist

Can you tell us the path that led you to the Assumptionists ?

"I knew the Assumptionists when I was studying business management in Cagayan de Oro. I had to work to finance them and it was with the Assumptionist sisters that I found a job. It was my first link with this great religious family. One day, father Peter, an American priest also Assumptionist in charge of vocations was visiting the Philippines. We had a lot of discussion, but it was not at that moment that I decided to join the community."

At that time, did you already feel a call for religious life ?

"This call, I felt it when I was in primary school. I even met once my first-grade teacher, who told me that in a form I replied that I wanted to be a priest. I first had to work to pay for my siblings education because I am the eldest son of a family of four children. When they all found a job, I stopped and took a desert time."

You were wondering ?

"Yes, a lot. My work had lost its’ meaning and I could see that I had moved away from faith. I was troubled, I felt a drought in my spiritual life. So, I went back to my parents’ farm and settled in an independent house without electricity, much like a hermitage. I prayed and asked the Lord to find me a job that allowed me to attend mass every day. It was a healing period."

Did the Lord hear your prayers ?

"Indeed, five months later, I received a call from Religious of the Assumption sisters who urgently needed a teacher in southern Mindanao to replace a sick sister. I left immediately and every day I had mass with the sisters ! I nourished my spiritual life by sharing that of the sisters. After a year, sister Mary Francis asked me about my vocation. I made up my mind and in April 2008, I met father Jay in Adveniat. My path of discernment began first as an aspirant and then a novice. I made my final vows eight years after joining the Assumptionists."

Who are your spiritual masters ?

"Saint Augustine of course since we follow his rule. He inspires me. I also think of saint Isidor, the patron saint of the farmers. I grew up with him because he was the patron saint of the chapel of my childhood village in Mindanao."

How is ordination prepared ?

"I followed a period of diaconate during which I served at the parish San Antonio de Padua in Antipolo. I participated in the liturgical work, served mass and celebrated baptisms up to 800 in one year ! Then, I retired in silence for 10 days in Davao. After that long progress towards the priesthood, I was ready to answer the Lord’s call and to serve him wherever I would be sent."

Father Cris Quinal

2018-10-05T06:31:19+00:00

Father Cris Quinal

Portrait father Cris Quirinal
Can you tell us the path that led you to the Assumptionists ? "I knew the Assumptionists when I was studying business management in Cagayan de Oro. I had to work to finance them and it was with the Assumptionist sisters that I found a job. It was my first link with this great religious family. One day, father Peter, an American priest also Assumptionist in charge of vocations was visiting the Philippines. We had a lot of discussion, but it was not at that moment that I decided to join the community." At that time, did you already feel a call for religious life ? "This call, I felt it when I was in primary school. I even met once my first-grade teacher, who told me that in a form I replied that I wanted to be a priest. I first had to work to pay for my siblings education because I am the eldest son of a family of four children. When they all found a job, I stopped and took a desert time." You were wondering ? "Yes, a lot. My work had lost its’ meaning and I could see that I had moved away from faith. I was troubled, I felt a drought in my spiritual life. So, I went back to my parents’ farm and settled in an independent house without electricity, much like a hermitage. I prayed and asked the Lord to find me a job that allowed me to attend mass every day. It was a healing period." Did the Lord hear your prayers ? "Indeed, five months later, I received a call from Religious of the Assumption sisters who urgently needed a teacher in southern Mindanao to replace a sick sister. I left immediately and every day I had mass with the...