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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.

During the Eucharist, presided over by Bishop Cristobal Bialasik, SVD of the diocese of Oruro, together with the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, we had the Lectio Divina of the biblical text of the Prologue Jn 1:1-18.

The text was very dear to our founder St. Arnold, whose feast day we celebrated, recognized also as the spiritual heritage of the Arnoldus family, which continues to animate us for mission.

At the end of the celebration Bishop Cristobal blessed the image of Mary, Mother of the Divine Word, the patroness of our Bible Center in Cochabamba. During this Year of the Word, the image will go on pilgrimage to the places of our missions in Bolivia, reminding us that the Blessed Virgin Mary was the first Disciple of the Word.

Hopefully it will also be an opportunity to renew our commitment to the Word, especially in the practice of Lectio Divina in our communities, if possible, together with our lay collaborators in mission.

--- Andrés Pesta, SVD

Bible study coordinator -BOL