• Expansion of our charism

Throughout its history, the Congregation has manifested a dynamism that demonstrates the power of its initial charism. Soon, it responded to new appeals: co-educational schools, Indian missions, normal schools, home economics institutions, schools of music, institutions of higher learning, catechetical works, foreign missions and, in recent years, adult education and pastoral ministry.
Constitutions p. 10

Since 1853, the classroom became our privileged place of presence. Within academic settings we educated through teaching and those whom we taught educated us.

  • imparted knowledge
  • liberated others through the mystery of letters and numbers
  • unearthed hidden talents
  • encouraged determination and perseverance
  • rejoiced in the experience of teaching and learning
  • cultivated the pride that comes from creating beauty
  • glimpsed “the hundredfold” of lived faith, of hope, of love

In the holistic vision of the person we attempted to humanize others because we believe in the dignity of each man, woman and child. Throughout the decades we cultivated reflection and research in service of our educational ministries. With time we gave voice to what many of us already had experienced: dynamic reciprocal learning happens between “teacher and those being taught”. A rich exchange develops as we continue to reflect upon and to return to this central truth.

The era of boarding schools

Within our foundation, as with many other teaching Congregations informed by a call to educate young women who were often in time, situated in minority cultures and settings, we opened boarding schools. So a generation of students who became future citizens of their respective countries benefited from quality educational formation. It is almost impossible to count the number of boarding schools that we have founded in Quebec.

CNDA-College Notre Dame de l'Assomption - Nicolet, Quebec, founded in 1872, enjoys longevity of impact and of importance and continues to this day its mission as a separate lay corporation.
Through the years this boarding school lived within and outside its walls an amazing evolution geared to needs as it developed a variety of different experiences of educational formation. Aside primary and secondary courses, commercial courses, bilingual courses, formation of teachers, home economic courses, an academy of music as well as drama and diction courses and formation in the arts evolved with changing times.

Academie Sainte Marie - Haileybury, Ontario, 1928-1968, was considered a fortress of French and Catholic culture in the midst of an Anglophone environment. The Academy offered a variety of courses including formation in music and the fine arts.

L'Institut de l'Assomption, Amos, Quebec, 1940-1973. This academy included home economics formation, classical course, commercial and other special courses.

Academie Assomption - Edmonton, Alberta, 1926-1972. This bilingual school for students of Alberta, Canada, became a nursery for the teaching of French and cultural values and also specialized in the teaching of music and choral performance.

Villa Notre Dame - Corbeil, Ontario, 1948-1952. This private boarding school was created to meet the needs of the Dionne quintuplets who were joined by ten Franco-Ontarians for secondary school.

Maria Assumpta Academy, Petersham, MA, 1951-1973. This multilingual secondary school was established for Franco-Americans and other students with a particular attention to music, drama and the arts.