Assumption Students Write Their Way onto Pilgrimage

The superior writing skills of two Assumption College students are taking them to Europe in May on a 10-day, all-expenses-paid pilgrimage to retrace the footsteps of Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, or Assumptionists, who established Assumption College in 1904. Senior Max Ebacher of Dudley and sophomore Christopher Moran of Webster won a student essay contest, one of many events planned around the world for the year-long celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of Fr. d’Alzon’s birth. The essay contest winners, who wrote about the importance of the Assumptionist perspective on liberal arts education, were announced in the college’s d’Alzon library at the official launch of the special year.

Ebacher and Moran will join an Assumption-based group, led by the college’s vice president for mission, Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., and Prof. Christian Gobel, on a pilgrimage to Paris, Nimes and Rome. In addition to seeing the sights in Paris and Rome, and attending Mass at Fr. d’Alzon’s tomb in Nimes, the students and their traveling companions will participate in a general audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews