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.

Bro. Uwe Heisterhoff, SVD, shares poignantly his experience and work in the Catacombs of Domitilla.

If some capitulars asked me which clue I would give to the 18th Chapter, my answer would be short: Help our Congregation to be an “outgoing Congregation”.

Our last Chapter recognized a desire for renewal and transformation in our Society that “could bring us back to the Word of God as the source of our life, vocation, and mission” and help us “to rediscover the spiritual foundations that sustain and nourish our  personal and community life and give meaning to our mission.” (2018 GC #2)

This coming October 6-27, 2019, the Synod for the Amazon will be held in Rome with the theme: “New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology”. The Synod will focus on new paths for evangelization, integral ecology and indigenous people and will be for us, SVDs a good opportunity to deepen the understanding of our missionary commitment. --- Fr. Daisuke Narui, SVD

Reading the “signs of the times” for any theological reflection and missiological Orientation was made popular by Pope John XXIII. Are we reading the signs of the times in our provinces/ regions/missions together with the people?

“The hope of the poor shall not perish forever.” This is a passage from Psalm 9:19, - the title of the Third World Day of the Poor which was celebrated on 17 November 2019.

At the beginning of the SVD Regional Assembly of Bolivia, which took place from 14-17 January 2020 in Cochabamba, we inaugurated the Year of the Word of God SVD.

Among the innumerable witnesses to the faith, yesterday and today, in our communities and among our people, stands the figure of Oscar Romero, a martyr for the cause of the Gospel. His martyrdom does not cease to be paradigmatic, and this for some key reasons.