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Assumption Together Congress: Extending the Reign of God

Five hundred sixty lay and religious delegates from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Manila for the Assumption Together Congress last January 29 to 31. Participants shared their experiences and reflected on the congress theme, “Extending the Reign of God” through a series of activities on five sub-topics: (1) Justice-Peace-Care for Creation-Solidarity; (2)  Preferential Love for the Poor; (3) Commitment to the Youth; (4) Love for the Church; and (5) The Kingdom in Us.

Congress Day One marked the soft opening of a travelling exhibit on the five sub-topics and settling in of the provincial and foreign delegates with their host families.

  The delegates spent Congress Day Two in Assumption San Lorenzo for plenary and concurrent sessions. Provincial Lay Representative Baby Herrera welcomed the delegates while Provincial Superior Sr. Ma. Josefina Matias introduced the Guest of Honor and Speaker, Superior General Sr. Diana Wauters. Day Two concluded with a Commissioning Ceremony and a show by the Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption (METTA).

   The entire community was up before sunrise on Congress Day Three for the “Run Assumption Run” marathon at the SM Mall of Asia grounds followed by Mass at the Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life, presided by Fr. Armand Robleza. Before lunch, the provincial delegates boarded buses to visit three areas discussed in the concurrent sessions: (1) Assumpta Technical High School in San Simon, Pampanga, (2) the Gawad Kalinga (Pusong Assumptionista) site in Imus, Cavite and (3) Assumption Antipolo.



Living Assumption Together

   The Religious of the Assumption General Chapter of 2000 in Paris adopted the term “Assumption Together” to describe the lay-religious partnership. It signifies the unity among Assumption sisters and their lay friends. It signals the call to lay-religious partnership in various ministries and projects.

   The partnership is designed to harness the gift of our complementarity. Sisters and lay friends from different vocations, with various talents, skills, and capabilities, and coming from different cultures and faiths, come together to share a common goal: that of forming ourselves and others, so that we may transform society according to the charism given to us by St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus.

   Being Assumption Together means working as a community towards a common vision where Justice, Peace and Care for Creation become an integral part of our lives. Solidarity and sharing come our way of life and where the young find reasons to live and make commitments. Being Assumption Together, the laity and sisters give witness to communion in diversity.