Assumptionists

augustinians of the Assumption. A congregation of priests with simple vows, founded at Nîmes about 1843-45 by the diocesan vicar-general, Emmanuel Daudé d'Alzon. The purpose was “to restore higher education according to the mind of St. Augustine and St. Thomas, to fight the Church's enemies in secret societies under the revolutionary flag; to fight for the unity of the Church. . . .” They were expelled from France in 1900 by an anticlerical government, but spread to many parts of the world. Their work includes care of asylums and schools, the dissemination of literature, and missionary endeavor. Their “Institute for Byzantine Studies,” established in 1897, has especially fostered the study and theology of the Eastern Church, notably through the publication Revue des études Byzantine.