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Spring 2022

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Assumption University – one of Canada’s most historic Roman Catholic institutes of higher learning.

On February 10, 2022, Assumption University marked its 165th anniversary. We will mark this occasion on June 18, 2022 with a celebration at Assumption Church. On the special day, we will honour three individuals who have rendered outstanding service to Assumption University and the Windsor-Essex Community, including President Patti France, Dr. Carl Cohen, and the Late Dr. George McMahon, Sr. Our celebrant for this event will be our chancellor, Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB. There will be more details to follow in the coming months.

I am pleased to share that Miss Jessica Lemmon has been appointed Assumption University’s new Director of Campus Ministry effective May 1, 2022. We join in congratulating Jessica on her new position. On the note of campus ministry, our dedicated team has just sent out Lent packages to our students.

On April 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM, the Right Honourable Madame Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General of Canada will receive the 2021-22 Christian Culture Series Gold Medal. Madame Jean’s will also present a special talk entitled, “Truth as the Greatest Courage : On the Duty to Remember.” The event can be viewed via Assumption’s YouTube channel at

The Fr. Joe Quinn Social Justice Series will be held on April 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM. This year’s topic is homelessness. All are welcome to attend this virtual event at

In March, Assumption officially restored its Senate with our first meeting being held on March 28, 2022. The Senate is responsible for all academic oversight along with course and program development. This restoration of the Senate is a key component of Assumption’s academic revitalization which is underway.  On that note, Assumption will announce a new second-year undergraduate course shortly representing a historic moment in our history.

As always, I warmly invite you to check for regular updates on our new website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.


John Cappucci, Ph.D.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

About the Principal

In 2020, Dr. John Cappucci was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Assumption University becoming the 29th leader of university since its founding as Assumption College in 1857. He was formally installed on October 26, 2021 by the Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London and Chancellor of Assumption University.

In this role, John focused on academic revitalization, partnerships, community engagement, and targeted fundraising. These efforts have increased Assumption University’s profile in the past two years. John’s dedication was recognized by his fellow principals and presidents leading to his selection as Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) in 2022. Prior to his selection as Chair, John served as Vice-Chair from 2020 to 2022. John holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University; a Master of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston; and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor. John also has an active research agenda with refereed publications in Contemporary JewryCanadian Jewish StudiesFieldwork in ReligionJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies. His research has also been discussed by local and regional media. In addition to his research record, John also have taught courses from across the social sciences resulting in top teaching scores. He has also served on graduate committees mentoring a future generation of academics.