In addition to pursuing lives of prayer and living in community, our work in the United States focuses on five key areas:
For us, building up the Body of Christ means helping people to understand the Word of God as a word for today, for themselves. On the parish level, we offer small group Scripture Study and frequent “chalk talks” on biblical books, people or themes. In our communities, we share our practice of Lectio Divina (a prayerful reading of Scripture) as well as our liturgical prayer. The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and opportunities for group retreats are available, as is spiritual direction for individuals. Our lay friends can also choose to be initiated into the spirituality of Saint Marie Eugénie and the Assumption by joining Assumption Together.
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
Ministry to Migrants
Our work with migrants responds to St. Marie Eugenie’s call to love our times as well as to Pope Francis’ invitation to reach out to the “peripheries.” We offer ESL classes, organize pastoral care in parishes, run after-school programs, and do ministry in detention centers. We work to raise awareness of immigration issues with our friends and associates and network with others for the cause of just and comprehensive immigration reform. Many of us are immigrants ourselves, which makes the work even more deeply personal. All of us seek to make our communities places of welcome for immigrants; their stories of courage and determination move us, as does their suffering.
English as a Second Language
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Since our founding, young people have been a priority for Assumption Sisters. This tradition continues as we offer after-school and literacy programs for children and teens and summer camps for children staffed by young adults. We offer spiritual accompaniment, days of recollection, Lectio Divina, and help with discernment. Finally, there’s AMA (Assumption Mission Associates), a program for young adults who wish to give a year or two of their life in service to the poor by collaboration with a community of Assumption Sisters, either in the US or abroad.
- After-school and Literacy Programs
- Summer Camps
- Spiritual Accompaniment
- Cana Community
- Assumption Mission Associates (AMA)
Parish Ministry & Pastoral Care
Parish life is important to us, and we help our fellow parishioners by getting involved in Religious Education and RCIA, and by taking part in Basic Ecclesial Communities. We practice the Corporal as well as the Spiritual Works of Mercy: visiting the sick and elderly, bringing Holy Communion to shut-ins, visiting prisoners, working in soup kitchens and food pantries, gathering groups for conversation, fellowship (and knitting!) and participating in all the things parishes do to care for the People of God.
- Religious Education
- Basic Ecclesial Communities
- Pastoral Care for seniors and the sick: knitting, hospitals, and home visitation
Care of Creation
Ecological responsibility is our way of collaborating with God’s plan for creation. To that end, we try to make “earth-friendly” choices, including building our house in Chaparral, NM out of straw bales and adobe, setting up a roof garden at our Philadelphia convent, and composting as much as possible in every one of our communities. A flourishing organic garden is the “jewel in the crown” of our Worcester, MA community, producing enough veggies and flowers to sustain the sisters as well as several local families. On a broader level, we join forces with others to advocate for cleaner water, air and land.
- Community Gardens
- Earth-friendly Choices: straw bale house, roof garden, and composting
"The person who looks for God at all times finds joy everywhere."
- St. Marie Eugénie