As Divine Word Missionaries we are today 6,500 in the world, working in the missionary vanguard of the Church in 60 countries , mainly in places where they do not know the Gospel or among the neediest communities. But, in a particular way, we have been present in the American continent for the last 120 years, evangelizing in a way very close to the daily realities of men and women of this land. Here 1,300 Divine Word Missionaries live and work in international and multicultural communities, sharing with peoples our charism and mission in 15 different countries throughout the continent.

Our Society has grown into a huge tree in whose shade hundreds of thousands of people find refuge in Argentina, Brazil (BRC - BRN - BRA - BRS), Bolivia, Canadá, Centroamerica, Colombia, Ecuador , USA (USC - USS - USW), Paraguay, Chile y México. To all these people we propose to transform this continent into a more just, fraternal and sharing society, into the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth. We make this Zonal committee with full knowledge that it challenges us to continue our dialogue in the midst of our own tensions and conflicts and in the midst of the tensions and conflicts of cultures in which we live, in order to give witness to the values of the Reign of God here and now.

General Councilor Jose Antunes da Silva did the general visitation of the USW province from February 24 to March 15. Here he shares some of his insights and reflections.

From June to July 2015 the District of Cuba organized an intensive Bible Workshop near different SVD communities on the island and in the communities served by the SSpS.

General Councilor Jose Antunes da Silva visited the province of USS from February 2 to 23. He met with our confreres in their places of work and mission. The following contains some of his insights and reflections.

Father Superior General visited the province of USS from July 23-August 2. He visited several parishes, met with our confreres and interacted with SVD friends, collaborators and lay leaders.

Papua New Guinea has long been home to Christian missionaries from all around the world, but now two young SVD missionaries from PNG are being sent out to Argentina – a development they say shows the growth and maturity of Christianity in their country.

In few American cities is Chinese New Year’s celebrated with the panache that it is in San Francisco, and Chinese Catholics and friends continued that tradition – the Catholic way – at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Our confrere, Peter Zhai, SVD, director of Chinese Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, explains to us.

General Councilors Budi Kleden and Guy Mazola did the general visitation for the extensive province of USC. One theme runs through clearly in the province, its intercultural character and nature. Here are some of their thoughts and reflections.

General Councilor Robert Kisala did the general visitation of the Region of CAM. He met with our confreres in their places of work and here he shares some of his insights and reflections.