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 general assembly of the Union of Superior Generals (USG) of male Religious Institutes, meeting in May 2016, was dedicated to reflection on the renewal of the consecrated life.

With the Workshop for new Superiors (WNS), that started at Nemi (Italy) on June 18, 2017, the SVD General Administration focused its attention on the formation and training of these new leaders, in order to initiate them into the major aspects of their service in leadership.

Pope Francis started the first ever encyclical on the environment “Laudato si, mi Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord” — with a quotation from St. Francis of Assisi, and goes on to explain his intention in writing this encyclical. “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet.

The image of an iceberg is often used to illustrate how much of cultures, contexts, and life situations are below the surface—that is, about 90%.

Our Constitutions recommend that we venerate “in a special way Mary, virgin and mother because filled with the Holy Spirit, she was called to bring the Divine Word to the world and to take part in his redemptive work. She is our model of faithful attentiveness and ready response to God's word; she will help us bring the Divine Word to others” (c 406).

Fr. Marek Vanus SVD, the General Coordinator of Biblical Apostolate, shares his thoughts and impressions on the Biblical Apostolate in the PANAM Zone.

Mark Weber, General Secretary for Formation and Education, shares with us a reflexion about how to live the Jubilee Year of Mercy as Divine Word Missionaries.

The following is a reflection of Fr. Carlos del Valle, SVD, the Rector of Collegio San Pietro in Rome. He worked in Chile for many years and he was the Provincial Superior of the SVD-Chile for two terms.