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.

Dear confreres, lay partners, and members of the Arnoldus Family: Warm greetings to all of you! As we continue celebrating the Season of Easter, we are gratefully mindful of the blessings of joy and peace which the Risen Lord brings to us all.

Face to the many demonstrations raised by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA. the Bishop Emeritus of Memphis, Mgr. J. Terry Steib, SVD wanted to share his reflection about the fact. Silence is a form of complicity with slavery in the past and with racism today.

This week concludes the Year of Consecrated Life but Giancarlo Girardi, superior of the Province of Italy (ITA) brings us one last reflection on our religious life.

Joachim Andrade arrived from India to BRS Province 24 years ago. These years of missionary presence in this fifth most populous nation on earth, is for him a privilege, resting on a platform of experiences, missionary exposures and contacts with a pluralistic and multicultural society.

Pope Francis has announced that the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in October 2018 with the theme “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”.

Ultimately, intercultural living and mission – like intergender collaboration – requires a conversion of the heart, in which we truly embrace our common dignity and competence as brothers and sisters.

The Divine Word Missionaries of our communities of Leganés, Alcorcón and Madrid (Spain) met to discuss ways and means of establishing, maintaining and living a missionary parish.

We often talk about “refugees,” but these days it has become very confusing to define this group of people.We are invited to deepen our understan¬ding about migrants and refugees and their relation to us as Divine Word Missionaries.