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.

To celebrate the religious vocation and to mark its importance for the church, Pope Francis has declared the year 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life, starting in November 21, 2014 and concluding on February 2, 2016.

The Dutch-Racist?, non-church goers?, oh my goodness, what a nation! These were stereotyped notions. I am Fr.Kodzo Edmund Deku, a Ghanaian missionary working in NEB and I would like to share with you my mission journey.

The new website SVD: http://witnessingtotheword.com/ want to open doors and provide opportunities to interact with people with whom we otherwise never would know. The site aims to be a platform for intercultural exchange of our life and mission, said Father General, Heinz Kulüke.

“In Ghana, I learned to choose what to remember. I learned I could choose to remember the blessings and I learned how that could shape who I became”, Fr. Stanley Uroda (USC) comments. He was a former missionary in Ghana from 1975 until 1984. This particular intercultural experience seems for him to have just happened yesterday.

Pope Francis gave us a good thermometer to evaluate the temperature of the life and mission of the Church, through the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium “(EG). We can take a look at some fundamental turning points of our Congregational Directions (CD) at the light of this exhortation.

As we start a New Year, it is a good time to reflect on how we are living for peace. As we are sent in a particular time and place, and among a particular people, let us live His peace and salvation as a community in a way which is appropriate for our context. Let us be sensitive to the signs of times, and ask ourselves “What does God want us to do?”

Last year, after prayerful reflection, the SVD Generalate Leadership Team, together with other confreres, chose the theme 'Inter Gentes: Putting the Last First’ as the overall motto for its term in office (2012-2018).

To talk about Spirituality in the Society of the Divine Word means to speak about life, the life in the Spirit. A lifestyle faced from what we believe, for that One in whom we believe. The Spirituality of the SVD is the experience of faith of our founder: his legacy to this religious family. By Carlos del Valle, SVD