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Father Gallagher to serve Assumptionists as provincial

Posted By July 2, 2017 | 4:55 pm | Local
Assumptionist Father Dennis Gallagher
Assumptionist Father Dennis Gallagher

Assumption College Vice President for Mission Father Dennis Gallagher, A.A. was appointed Provincial Superior of the North American Province of the Augustinians of the Assumption.
The appointment was made on June 21 by Father Benoît Grière, A.A., Superior General of the Congregation, after consultation with the Assumptionists throughout the North American region, according to a press release.
As Provincial of the North American Province, Father Gallagher will oversee Assumptionist communities in the three geographical areas of the Province: United States, Mexico and Quebec. He will collaborate with a team of Councilors to advance the mission of the Province, and will serve as an agent of unity in the midst of diverse cultures and apostolic orientations, with a special regard for the two “mobilizing works” in the Province: Assumption College and Bayard Press.
In addition, he will serve on the General Plenary Council, comprising the Superior General and his Council, and the Provincial Superiors of the five other Provinces in Europe, Africa, Brazil, the Andean Province and Madagascar, who help to provide leadership for the Congregation.
For the first six months in his new position Father Gallagher will also oversee Assumptionist communities in the Philippines prior to their transition to a new organizational structure led by another Provincial.     The Assumptioinists number more than 900 Religious worldwide.
He was appointed Vice President for Mission at Assumption College in 2000. He has also served as a member of the President’s Cabinet for 17 years. During his tenure at Assumption, from 2003 to 2011, he also served as Regional Superior of the Assumptionists in the United States.
Prior to his appointment to the Office for Mission, he taught in the Theology Department at Assumption.
In addition to his responsibilities at the college, he also served for many years as a weekend assistant at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northborough. He was ordained on Aug. 26, 1978.