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On July 4, 2018, the capitulars of the Congregation of the Divine Word (SVD), gathered at the Ad Gentes Center in Nemi, Italy, for the 18th General Chapter, elected Fr. Paulus Budi Kleden, SVD as the XII General Superior of the Congregation of the Divine Word.

Father Budi Kleden was born in Indonesia in 1965. He joined the Congregation of the Divine Word in 1985. He made his first profession of vows in 1987, then perpetual vows in 1992. He was ordained a priest in 1993. He studied theology in San Gabriel (Austria). His first missionary destination was to Switzerland (1993 - 1996), then he moved to the Formation house in Ledalero (Indonesia). He was a member of the Provincial Council of the ENDE Province (Indonesia), from 2005 to 2008. In 2012, he was elected General Councilor. He will continue in that position until he assumes the position of Superior General in a few months.

Please join us in congratulating Fr. Paul Budi Kleden, the new Superior General of the Divine Word Missionaries! Fr. Kleden becomes the 12th Superior General in our 143 year history, and he's our first Superior General from Indonesia, a country which constitutes the largest concentration of SVDs in the world with nearly 1,700 members out of a total 6,000 SVDs worldwide. May God bless Fr. Kleden as he prepares to assume this important role of leadership for the coming 6 years!

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The message of the Father General on the occasion of the 144th anniversary of the founding of the Divine Word Missionaries

"Faithful to the Word, One with the People" is the motto of the Society of the Divine Word for the next six years. We invite you to watch the following message from our Superior General, Father Paulus Budi Kleden SVD, as the 144th anniversary of the foundation of our Society (Sunday, Sept. 8th) nears.
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Message from the new leadership members



Message from the new leadership members.
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