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Principal

Fall 2022

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Assumption University – one of Canada’s most historic Roman Catholic institutes of higher learning. Tracing our origins to 1857, our mission is to empower individuals to cultivate goodness in themselves and others, embody discipline in their path towards excellence, and recognize the importance of constantly pursuing knowledge throughout their lives.

I am delighted to share that Assumption has launched its new Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies. This diploma explores both classical readings and contemporary topics in Catholic studies. It is designed for working professionals offered after working hours and delivered in a synchronous and online environment. The diploma is considered a hiring asset by seven Catholic school boards in the province, including the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. The program admits students for the fall, winter, and spring semesters. On a related note, I am pleased to congratulate the following individuals who have received three new scholarships established at Assumption University:

The Robert Joseph Comuzzi Scholarship – Ms. Maha Al Rayes

The Cappucci Scholarship in Christian Studies – Ms. Taunia Piknjac Phillips

The Minotti Scholarship in Christian Studies – Ms. Marisa Nabbout

In addition to our graduate program, Assumption is offering a new undergraduate course on the Holocaust. This course is delivered online and synchronously. It is accepted for credit at St. Clair College, Brescia University College, and Huron University College. Those interested in auditing at a reduced rate are welcome. Feel free to email registrar@assumptionu.ca to join this important course. This course has been made possible by a generous grant from the Azrieli Foundation. We thank the Azrieli Foundation for their support and for their dedication to Holocaust education.

Over the past few months, Assumption University’s Campus Ministry program has started to work closely with the our friends at Canterbury College’s Campus Ministry. Together, these two programs will help to serve a larger group of students. I commend Miss Jessica Lemmon and Ms. Cynthia Connell for their leadership and foresight. This collaboration stands as a testament to Catholic-Anglican unity – a feature that has defined Assumption and Canterbury’s relationship for the past 65 years.

As always, I warmly invite you to check for regular updates on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. With your support, we will continue to teach goodness, discipline and knowledge.

Sincerely,

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.