Letter From the Director
Dear Mission Friend,
Pope Francis recently made a splash with the release of his apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), subtitled On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. While the thrust of this papal document is, naturally enough, holiness, Pope Francis included some thoughts on mission, and those caught my eye.
The pope praises the type of mission work you should recognize from the pages of Divine Word Missionaries Mission Update magazine: “We are inspired to act by the examples of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselves to proclamation and to serving others with great fidelity, often at the risk of their lives and certainly at the cost of their comfort.”
But Francis also states that “mission” has another meaning besides traveling overseas to testify and to serve. “You too need to see the entirety of your life as a mission,” he writes. “Always ask the Spirit what Jesus expects from you at every moment of your life and in every decision you must make, so as to discern its place in the mission that you have received.”
With that in mind, I wish to thank you for making our mission part of your mission. Your prayers and gifts strengthen our Divine Word priests and Brothers as they preach and see to the needs of the poor in some of the most desperate places on earth.
Please continue to pray for us and for our mission. You will be remembered in the prayers of all Divine Word Missionaries around the globe.
Yours in Christ’s name,
Bro. Daniel Holman SVD
Mission Center Director