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Core Values and Character Formation

Within the learning ecology of Assumption, we draw from the passion and philosophy of Marie Eugenie to select the VALUES that should motivate the students and the energetic love that should drive the ABILITIES being formed in them within the context of our times. The life-time project is that these Prime Life ABILITIES are shaped by our Core VALUES so that they can be tools through which they can influence their families, communities, businesses, and advocacies. Core Values without Prime Abilities have no skills and Prime Abilities with no positive Core Values will be soulless and often destructive. As Marie Eugenie counsels, “egotism and self-sacrifice, there lies the whole mystery, the principles of good and evil in earthly things.”

In the context of the 2018 International Education Gathering (IEG), the learning ecology of Assumption is spiritual, which resonates with what Guy Le Bouëdec describes as a dimension where one gets in touch with an intimate space where one’s unique and deepest identity dwells.”8 The IEG document continues that spirituality is not about religion. “It is more concerned with growing into a consciousness of and experiencing the divine.”


Assumption education is infused with LIFE drawn from its spirituality — made tangible in our Core Values. These values are not concepts but energy fields flowing from the One fine-point who is the Source. There is a distinct theology that underpins our spirituality and values, i.e. who is God for us. The spirituality of our co-foundresses Marie Eugenie and Therese Emmanuel was extremely intimate. To them, God loves us personally beyond anything we can imagine and calls each one by “name,” that which makes us who we are. For us, as for Marie Eugenie, the “earth is not a place of exile, but a place of glory for God,” a place where God is in everything – within which we “live and move and have our being.” The insight of Therese Emmanuel gives us a “name,” “you are Bethlehem, where I wish to dwell.” Thus, through us God is present in the world and in the cosmos within which we live Consequently, our spirituality is fundamentally one of relationship – one of love. It is a love which is realistic that needs to develop to a level of maturity where we can totally give ourselves, albeit through trials and struggles. We are aware that we must “break through the rock” of our own fears and egoism in order to embrace and serve everyone, reaching out most especially to the lost and marginalized. With joy we work toward detachment from anything that hampers us from revealing the God within us to all those around us within the context of our times.

Our spirituality is one that recognizes that each one of us has a contribution to make. We find it in our individual “talent and grace” (SME). Assumption education is committed to developing these gifts. Our spirituality is strengthened within an inclusive circular community. We need to work together toward making the earth a place where kindness and love reign.

Thus, our CORE VALUES are:

    • Awareness
    • Commitment
    • Kindness
    • Simplicity
    • Humility
    • Integrity
    • Oneness
    • Nature

Marie Eugenie, as the source of our educational mission is referenced after each Core Value description. It is from her that the light emerges for each Core Value. 


A woman who lives by the value of AWARENESS…

    • is aware of self, i.e., has self-knowledge
    • faces reality
    • is grateful
    • is present
    • has the capacity for reflection
    • is mindful
    • learns from pain, faults and weaknesses
    • recognizes the uniqueness of the individual
    • is aware of “God in all things… implies going beyond the self”
    • strives always “to be as fully as possible”
    • continues to work on fullness because of her belief that each one has a purpose and that “the human person is unfinished”
    • is in the light that is our “Source”
    • looks beyond the tangible



A woman who lives by the value of COMMITMENT…

    • practices FIDELITY TO DUTY, that is, is faithful to one’s mission
    • strives to reach the level of attainment of excellence appropriate to each individual
    • engages with others and the world
    • is consistent and accountable; takes ownership
    • extends her service, even when not deserved
    • possesses grit and tenacity; practices “stick-to-it-ive”ness or persistence
    • is so ready to do God’s will that she is on the watch for whatever He wants, as it were, in advance.



A woman who lives by the value of KINDNESS…

    • allows the goodness in herself to manifest itself over and above her fears and lovingly accepts the goodness in others
    • acts as her “brother’s/ sister’s keeper”
    • encourages others with sincerity
    • is sensitive to the needs of others
    • takes the initiative to support others
    • speaks constructively of others and does not engage in gossip
    • always speaks well of others especially when they are not around
    • is able to forgive, not hold a grudge
    • tells the truth in a respectful way



A woman who lives by the value of SIMPLICITY…

    • is straightforward
    • is transparent
    • is genuine
    • is not duplicitous, that is, “what you see is what you get”
    • is humble and unassuming
    • does not judge her own or others’ worth by what is superficial
    • remains true to who she is, amidst peer and social pressure
    • accepts her gifts and limitations
    • accepts others as they are
    • is not a complainer



A woman who lives by the value of HUMILITY…

    • knows and accepts herself joyfully; is willing to let go of herself (self emptying, kenosis) to make room for God and others (St. Paul)
    • is glad to receive and to share
    • knows how and when to speak the truth
    • seeks to understand first
    • values the voice of others and celebrates their successes
    • is grateful for what she has and what she can share
    • gives credit where credit is due and does not plagiarize
    • accepts healthy competition but is not driven by self-glorification
    • asks for forgiveness


A woman who lives by the value of INTEGRITY…

    • fulfills commitments
    • exhibits positive intentions
    • discerns without bias
    • tells the truth and accepts the truth even if it is difficult
    • is willing to admit mistakes
    • can accept and learn from failure
    • has no hidden agenda
    • can be trusted with money, power and responsibility
    • does what is right even if no one is watching



A woman who lives by the value of ONENESS…

    • demonstrates in action that we are all one in God
    • joins collective efforts in solidarity
    • involves herself fully in building community
    • practices collective social responsibility
    • takes responsibility for the marginalized, poor, disenfranchised
    • sees other perspectives
    • is inclusive
    • strives to “expand and embrace all”
    • says no to gossip
    • is not wrapped up in one’s own world
    • is not driven by self-interest or self-gain; seeks the common good
    • looks out for the good of others
    • cultivates relationships
    • is a “citizen of the world,” global and local



A woman who values NATURE…

    • sees everything in the world as an emanation of God
    • believes that “Earth is not a place of exile… is a place of glory for God”(MME)
    • feels and acts in oneness with and in nature as wave is part of water, therefore there is no separation
    • affirms all life and recognizes the Source of life
    • is open to and respects the process of change and growth
    • takes responsibility for the earth

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