On April 30, 1839, Marie Eugenie Milleret de Brou (1817-1898) founded the Assumption order in Paris for the Christian education of young girls.
The new congregation was rooted in the contemplative tradition of the Catholic Church yet open to fundamental questions posed by the Christian faith. Assumption's aim is to transform society through education. Today more than 127 Assumption communities are working in 35 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and Latin Americas, Mexico and the United States.
In the Philippines, Assumption sisters first arrived in Manila in 1892 and started a school of women teachers in Intramuros. The order left the country at the outbreak of the Filipino revolution in 1898 but, at the request of Pope Pius X, the nuns returned to Manila in 1904.
Assumption in Iloilo began in 1910, and through the years the sisters have started numerous schools and missions in Manila including Herran, San Lorenzo, and Antipolo. Schools were also established in rural areas of the Philippines including a secondary technical school established in Barrio San Simon, Pampanga.
Mother Marie Eugenie de Brou was recently canonized a saint in Rome by Pope Benedict in 2007.
Prayer for the Intercession of St. Marie Eugenie
You inspired St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus
to consecrate her whole life to you
for the extension of Your Kingdom.
Glorify the power of Your love in her
and grant us the grace we ask of You
through her intercession: _________________
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Some Thoughts by Saint Marie Eugenie
“Resolve to have as a goal not glory, fortune, or the things of this earth – but the good of souls, the glory of God, and the extension of the Reign of Jesus Christ.”
"Each of us has a mission on earth, It is simply a question of seeking how God can use us to make His Gospel known and lived."
"Grant me peace. Not the peace that eliminates conflict, but the peace of Jesus Christ, that comes from great humility and generosity."
"The person who looks for God at all times finds joy everywhere."
"When the Church places on our lips words of longing for Jesus Christ, this is not just to remind us of the desires of our ancestors, but it is also to arouse our own longing for the coming of Jesus Christ in us.