Assumption College for Sisters exists primarily to educate women called to a life of consecration to God and of service in the Roman Catholic Church. [Mission Statement]
Until June 2015, Assumption College for Sisters (ACS) was housed within the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, NJ. As of August 2015, found a new home in the former Our Lady of Lourdes Convent on the campus of Morris Catholic High School (MCHS), Denville, NJ. The administration, faculty and students of MCHS welcomed the presence of religious women from the United States and developing nations on their campus. ACS students have enjoyed a first-hand glimpse of Catholic secondary education.
Although the move was a dramatic one, we can assure you that at our new site, the College is, and will remain, the embodiment of the heritage received from Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt who founded the congregation in Paderborn, Germany in 1849. It witnesses to her conviction that the Sisters be well-prepared, both spiritually and professionally, to spread the Kingdom of God through sound education, from which, in her words, “flows the temporal and eternal welfare of the individual and of society.”
As Assumption College for Sisters opened the 2016-2017 academic year, the College was able to boast of its most recent accomplishment, namely the successful reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This news was communicated to the College in June 2016.
As the Fall Semester 2017 began, there were 55 students enrolled at ACS representing 13 different religious congregations and 15 different countries. We have 5 lay students and 9 dual enrollment students from Morris Catholic High School.
Pictured below are the 20 international resident students.
“Come, Spouse of Christ”. This was the prevailing theme as the Sisters of Christian Charity celebrated renewal of vows and first and final profession of vows at Mallinckrodt Convent, Mendham, New Jersey.
Renewing their vows on the afternoon of August 14 in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate are (front row) Sisters Bridget Harakel, Lucianna Le, Luiza Simon, Mathilde DeLucy, and Bakhita Nyomoo, (back row) Mary Amata Reifsnyder, Regina Bathalon, Clara Kim, and Sophia Marie Peralta.
Rev. Anthony Ciorra, Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut was retreat director and main celebrant for the liturgy of Renewal of Vows. In his homily, Fr. Ciorra shared that “Mary’s ‘yes’ was not said once and done, but was ongoing as ours, too, must be.”
On August 15, Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Ph.D, Vicar General of the Diocese of Paterson and pastor of Corpus Christi, Chatham, New Jersey, was the main celebrant for the Mass of Final Profession of Sisters Marie Jose de la Rosa and Maria Angeline Weiss. Priests from dioceses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania concelebrated.
Then, on August 16, Sister John Paul Thorley pronounced her vows of first profession. The Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a close friend of the Thorley family, officiated at the ceremony. In his homily, Bishop Bradley proposed that “a parable of the Kingdom of God in our world today is the witness of consecrated religious”. Sister John Paul will minister at Morris Catholic High School, Denville, New Jersey, as a math teacher.
Sister Mary Edward Spohrer, provincial superior, received the vows of these Sisters at each ceremony in the presence of the community, the Sisters’ relatives and friends.
SCCs Enjoy Ministry Day at Motherhouse
As summer days fade and a new ministerial year begins, The Sisters of Christian Charity gathered at Mallinckrodt Convent, Mendham, New Jersey, for a symposium entitled “Lighting the Fire of the Charism of Ministry”. SCCs serving in the ministries of teaching, healthcare, formation, administration, social justice and as pastoral associates desired to discover anew the challenge of working with Christ in building up the Kingdom. The day was the culmination of a week-long summer gathering of the SCC Temporary Professed Sisters.
Keynote speaker, Sister Mary Ann Jacobs SCC, Professor of Teacher Education at Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, offered a fresh nuance to understanding “ministry as a sacrament”, one that is a sign begun by Christ to give grace. “In each of our ministries, we are an outward sign of God’s presence and love; we are ministers of God’s grace to all we serve. When people see us, they experience God! We are always in ministry”.
Displays of the various ministries in which SCCs are engaged filled the conference area and ministry “table talks” followed on the graced lives of the women who ministered in the past, and on the opportunities and challenges of being a “sacrament” in ministry today in the spirit of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt.
Sister Joseph Spring SCC, President of Assumption College for Sisters, commented, “Today helped me recall the inspiration behind all our ministries”.