AUGUSTINIANS of the ASSUMPTION
Place/Date of Foundation: Nimes, France/ 1845
Philippine Foundation: January 2006
17 C. Salvador St., Varsity Hills Subd., Loyola Heights, 1108 Quezon City
Tel. no. (02) 929-0373
The Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon founded the Augustinians of the Assumption (AA) or the Assumptionists in Nimes in southern France in 1845, a time of religious decadence in society especially after the French Revolution. Fr. d’Alzon, an aristocrat and Vicar General of Nimes, wanted his communities to become the herald of the great causes of God and man/ woman, wherever “God is threatened in man/woman and man/woman is threatened as the image of God.” D’Alzon read a lot about Saint Augustine and his works. Thus, he envisioned a community of men and women that abides by the Rule of Life of Saint Augustine. He and his first followers ventured into education purchasing the College de l’Assumption from which their little Congregation got its name. They established boarding schools known as alumnates and orphanages. They organized the working class, and pilgrimages to Lourdes in France and to the Holy Land. They also established missions in the Near East for the union of Christian churches in places like Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. The Assumptionists dipped their hands into publication eventually establishing Bayard Press (formerly La Bonne Presse) which produced among others La Croix, a daily paper still widely circulated in present-day France, and Living with Christ, a daily prayer and mass guide. Today, the Assumptionists are in 30 countries in the world, inspired and formed in the spirit of Saint Augustine. In the Philippines, the Assumptionist mission began in January 2006.
defines who we are: a people of faith and of communion in solidarity with the poor (see General Chapter 2005).
We are religious who live in apostolic community. Faithful to our founder, Fr d’Alzon, we choose as our prime objective to work, out of love for Jesus Christ, for the coming of the Reign of God in ourselves and around us. The spirit of the founder impels us to embrace the great causes of God and of man, to go wherever God is threatened in man and man threatened as image of God. Hence, we must display daring, initiative and disinterestedness, in fidelity to the teaching and the orientations of the Church. This is our way of sharing in her life and mission.