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 Meeting of the PANAM Zone Executive Committee is taking place in Panama City, Panama, from November 9 to 15, 2016.

Bishop Terry Steib, SVD, was retired in 2016 and reflects below about the 50th anniversary of his ordination, which he celebrated last month.

The IX PANAM Zonal Assembly was held recently from August 17-22, 2017 in Techny Towers, Northbrook, Illinois.

In our Circular letter (P01/2017, dated 24 January 2017), we had asked for participation in designing and sending in logo proposals on the theme of our General Chapter: “‘The Love of Christ impels us’ (2 Cor 5:14): Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission”.

This saturday, May 26, 2018 Most Reverend J. Terry Steib SVD ordained six young Divine Word Missionaries in Techny Towers, Chicago.

On June 17, 2018, a total of 132 participants, broken down into one hundred eighteen voting capitulars and fourteen non-voting observers, will officially embark on the responsibility to carry on the spirit and nature of a General Chapter.

The 18th General Chapter gathered SVD members from every PRM around the world to the Centro Ad Gentes in Nemi from June 17 – July 14.

One of the most enriching aspects of the 18th General Chapter was the participation of lay partner representatives from the four zones.