Religious of the Assumption
The Religious of the Assumption were founded by Saint Marie Eugénie Milleret in Paris in 1839. Her vision was of transforming society through education. She taught that faith in Jesus impels one to love the world and all its peoples.
Assumption Sisters are called to live and love according to the Gospel. Their communities are committed to effecting change in society through prayer and education. They are a diverse group of women from many countries who live together in close-knit, joyful communities. Prayer, the heart of their life, is how they come to know and love Jesus, and with Him, love the world and its people. It is also at the heart of their educational mission. A teaching order, it sees education as a process by which the human person is freed and society transformed. That freedom marks their life together in community, as well their work for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
From the first community of five young women, the congregation quickly spread throughout the world. The Religious of the Assumption today is an international congregation of 1300+ Sisters of over 40 nationalities, responding to the challenges and calls of society in 35 countries. The Mother House is located in Paris, France, with communities in places including Madrid, Mexico City and Querétaro in Mexico, Manila, Bangkok, and Rwanda. In the United States, the order has houses in Worcester, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Lansdale, PA; Chaparral, NM. They can be found in the inner city and the suburbs, in the rural southwest and the urban Northeast. They teach in colleges and run after-school programs for children; they advocate for immigrants and teach English as a Second Language; they work in parishes and offer faith formation programs.