The brothers are at the disposal of those who would like to understand their spiritual path. Discover here their own experience .
Purpose of Formation
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
Opportunity for practicing virtues
Brother Rex Navarro
I am a witness to God’s works
Brother Eddy Gonzalez
Why I became an Assumptionist
"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