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).

 

Bernard Latus, SVD, the USC Biblical Apostolate Coordinator announced the launching of a new SVD Bible Forum through a Facebook page.

On February 27, the newspaper "The Washington Post" published an article about the work of our confrere, Piotr Nawrot with baroque music of the Jesuit Missions of Bolivia. We transcribe the article.

The Parish of Our Lady of Aparecida lived an intense week of Mission Appeal from 19 to 25 May in the neighborhood of Jardim Miriam. The event was coordinated by the staff of the Integrated Dimensions of BRC.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Nine congregations gathered together for a Vivat North America workshop in Washington, DC on April 15-17, 2010. The VIVAT Team/New York presented how VIVAT operates, the issues that VIVAT works on, and the communities that are now involved with VIVAT.

During the month of September, the Church pays special attention to the Word of God contained in the Bible. The first apostolic exhortation of Pope Francisco: "The Joy of the Gospel" contains valuable material to hold meetings around the Word of God.

The parish Resurrection of Our Lord in St. Louis, attended by the Divine Word Missionaries dominated and Vietnamese immigrants, organized workshops on the Bible in February.

A new youth Bible depicting Jesus as an African-American is now available. This Bible aims to make the Word of God more accessible to African-American youth.