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 following is a reflection of Fr. Carlos del Valle, Rector of Collegio San Pietro in Rome. Fr. del Valle, originally from Zamora, Spain, was the Provincial Superior of CHI for two terms.

The Second Continental Congress of Theology was held from October 26 to 30 in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), with the theme "A Church that walks with the Spirit and from the most vulnerable".

The following is a reflection of Fr. Herbert Scholz, the current Generalate Archivist. He shares from the perspective of someone who lived in big communities for the past 60 years.

The following is a reflection of Fr. Carlos del Valle, the current Rector of Collegio San Pietro in Rome. Fr. Del Valle, originally from Zamora, Spain, was the Provincial Superior of CHI for two terms.

The following is a reflection of Fr. Jose Augusto Duarte Leitão, the Provincial Treasurer of the Province of POR about the celebration as Divine Word Missionaries of the Year of Consecrated life.

Violence in general confirms not only an absence of law, but is an eloquent sign of the shortage of words exchanged by those who instead of talking express themselves in a vicious way.

The visitation of the twelve European provinces and a region was conducted between February and November 2014, with the general focus on “Sharing intercultural life and mission in Europe: Implementation of the Congregational Directions”. Following are some of the observations and reflections of the leadership team after the visitations.

The Ordinary General Assembly will formulate appropriate pastoral guidelines for care of the family in 2015. As SVDs, we need to understand the dynamics affecting families in our pastoral ministry (ad extra) and in our SVD community as a family (ad intra).