Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) is an international catholic community of religious missionaries, brothers and priests , all with a common calling from Jesus to announce the Good News to all nations, preferably in those places where the Gospel is still unknown or where the local church is not yet viable.

Our Society was founded by Saint Arnold Janssen ,on Sept. 8th, 1875 in the small Dutch town of Steyl ,a short distance from the German border. Today we are 6,500 missionaries located in 70 different countries, distributed in four main mission zones: AFRAM (Africa), ASPAC (Asia-Pacific), EUROPE and PANAM (Americas and the Caribbean). The “Pan-American Zone” or “PANAM Zone” encompass all our missionaries and lay collaborators who live and work in the Americas. The images, articles and videos of this Website seek to portray the life and activities of the Divine Word Missionaries in the Americas. Our teacher is Jesus, the Incarnate Word, who pitched his tent among us and took our humanity. His Life is our life. His mission is our mission.

The annual PANAM Zone EXECOM Meeting took place in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, from October 23-27, 2015.

From May 27 to 28, 2015, the subzonal & provincial coordinators met in Quito to prepare the PANAM zone workshop on Dimensions to be held in Quito on February 18 to 23, 2016.

Br. Steve Pardy, SVD, Sub zonal Communication Coordinator invites our confreres for a sub zonal meeting with the 12 Dimension coordinators of the US Provinces.  

On May 12-15, 2014 the South Subzone of PANAM organized a workshop for provincial superiors, their respective councils and district superiors.

The Workshop for the New Provincials of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) concluded this July 5, 2014 at the Mass celebrated by the Superior General, Fr. Heinz Kuluke SVD at the Centro Ad Gentes Chapel in Nemi, Italy.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first SVD to Argentina (1889-2014). Our confreres thank God for so many years planting the Word of God and would like to celebrate this event with their parishioners, educators and pastoral communities.

On September 8, 1875 in Steyl, a small town in Netherland, St. Arnold Janssen founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Divine Word, which has today 6,500 missionaries in 70 different countries.

As a prelude to the report of Father General’s visit in the District of Cuba, MEX, here is a personal experience from Fr. General himself.