Following the example of Jesus, as Divine Word Missionaries, we make an option for the poor and the marginalized and commit ourselves to the Afro-Americans and the Indigenous. We establish dialogue with all who sincerely search for God, or who belong to different cultures, religions or ideologies. We wish to live our diverse socio-cultural realities in an attitude of 'Prophetic Dialogue', giving witness to the Word of God (Biblical Apostolate); working for Justice, Peace and the integrity of creation JPIC , stimulating the missionary vocation of all God’s People (Missionary awareness) and communicating the experience of encounter with the other person and with a God who is Father and Savior (Communication).

We give special emphasis to the Characteristic dimensions of the SVD Apostolate, that is: Missionary Awareness, Communications, Bible Apostolate, and the promotion of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. These dimensions are characteristic of our missionary work. We see dialogue as an act of solidarity, respect and love which should be present in all our activities (G.C. XV-2000 # 53). We respectfully appreciate the dignity of every person and of every people and culture. In solidarity with them, dialogue becomes prophetic when it is guided by listening to God's word which illuminates our everyday situations and highlights the injustices which exist in human society (In Dialogue with the Word Nº 2 - "Prophetic Dialogue" # 74).

 

The mission secretaries have three main tasks: mission animation, taking care of the missionaries working abroad and collecting funds for missions.

Fr. Daisuke Narui, the General Coordinator of JPIC shares his impressions on the PANAM Zonal commitments.

The North District of Ecuador, consisting of the parishes Sagrada Familia in Esmeraldas and San Luis Gonzaga in Muisne, has lined up a series of activities during the October month of mission.

Roberto Gallardo, SVD is the new Coordinator of Communication in the PANAM zone. Here, Roberto outlines the current situation of this dimension in the Americas.

For several years, Jorge Falisek SVD has been Mission Animation Secretary in Argentina (ARS). At the end of his second term, he organized a summer mission with some young people from the city of Esperanza, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. Nor can you imagine what was their missionary destiny.

What began in 1956 as an Institute of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, developed by 1967 into a three-day Religious Education Congress for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1970, the event moved to the Anaheim Convention Center and it has grown over the last 40+ years to become the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the United States.

Our SVD missionaries in Maracaibo will continue to walk with the people of Venezuela despite the current difficult situation.

Cristobal Gonçalves da Silva is a Divine Word missionary, Brazilian of origin and missionary in Colombia in one of the most difficult regions due to the armed conflicts between the military and guerrillas. Here he shares memories of his family, his vocation and his missionary experience today.