Divine Word Missionaries are consecrated religious with vows of evangelical poverty, consecrated chastity and apostolic obedience, inspired by the life and the person of Jesus. The SVD Spirituality which we have inherited from our Founder, St. Arnold Janssen, is Trinitarian and missionary because it is rooted in the communion of the Triune God and is a participation in Christ’s mission (G. C. XVI 2006 -1.1# 13).

During the last 18th General Chapter of our Congregation, there was an extraordinary experience of personal and community discernment, based on the Word of God. Reflecting on the Word of God made us aware that our name is our mission.   Now, the process of renewal and transformation continues. The spirit of discernment and openness experienced during the chapter will remain to encourage us in the coming years. As mentioned in the Chapter statement, the process of renewal and transformation could be a long, slow and painful. It is difficult, because this will lead us to question many of our basic attitudes on a personal and community level. We invite all of you to take seriously the challenge that the Chapter launched us to achieve a spiritual renewal and a transformation of our mission.

The 4th National Mission Congress of Brazil, promoted by the Pontifical Mission Societies (Pontificias Obras Missionarias – POM), in communion with the National Missionary Council (Comina) and the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife, was held between September 7-10 in Recife, Brazil.

Intercultural mission is the only kind of mission there is, and intercultural living the only kind of real life there is.

Father General, Heinz Kulüke, SVD explains how they are preparing the next General Chapter that will take place in 2018.

The basic idea of our action for systemic change is to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems to defend and support people and the environment where they are most vulnerable in the society. We call such activity “advocacy”.

In the convocation letter of the next General Chapter we wrote: “the objective of this Chapter is to foster a process of a spiritual rekindling, bringing us back to the Word of God as the source of our life, vocation, and mission and our religious missionary commitment.”

Participation with the laity has been an integral dimension of our Congregation's journey ever since its beginning. The history of our Society shows that our Founder, St. Arnold Janssen, had the vision to promote the worldwide mission, and for this he involved the laity. Since then, the laity has always been present in our life and mission service in various capacities.

The hope of our upcoming SVD General Chapter, according to the First Guide to Communal Reflection issued by our Generalate, is a “rekindling” of spirituality. 

Do we have a sufficient degree of self-confidence to allow us to live through a process of renewal? At the same time we are: the authors, the protagonists and beneficiaries of the spiritual renewal we long for. Are we perhaps hoping that change will come from above, from the Chapter, from the Leadership Team?