Divine Word Missionaries blog


Divine Word Missionaries blog will share some of the latest mission updates from around the world. The more than 6,000 Divine Word Missionaries are serving in 84 countries with a variety of provinces/regions that are then grouped into four zones, namely, the European zone (EUROPA), the Pan-American zone (PANAM), the Asia-Pacific zone (ASPAC), and the Africa-Madagascar zone (AFRAM). The zones may work as geographical sub-zones wherever this seems suitable. Check back often for real-time stories from the missions.



Remembering Bishop Bowers

Nov 30, 2018

November is Black Catholic History Month, so before it ends we wish to commemorate a black Divine Word Missionary, Joseph Bowers SVD, who made history when he was appointed bishop of Accra, Ghana.

What is the Miracle?

Sep 24, 2018

We received a lot of comments about the article on Father Dennis Callan SVD that ran in the Spring 2018 issue of Divine Word Missionaries Mission Update magazine. You may recall that Fr. Dennis was serving as a missionary to South Korea when he was diagnosed with liver disease. After returning to the United States for treatment, Fr. Dennis was stunned to learn he would need a liver transplant. He received the transplant in July 2017. Hospital staff referred to his rapid recovery as a miracle.

Care for the disabled and the dying

Aug 24, 2018

Based in Germany, Father Dan Anzorge SVD works to build awareness in his country of Divine Word Missionaries’ ministries worldwide. He recently spent five weeks checking on Divine Word projects in Kenya, where he had served as a missionary for many years. Courtesy of our German province, here is Fr. Anzorge’s account of his visit:

Brothers in China

Jul 24, 2018

I was paging through “A History of the Divine Word Missionaries,” a familiar book here at the Mission Center offices, and came across a section where the authors broke from their straightforward format to present a series of first-hand accounts from missionary Brothers who served in China during the 1920s through the 1940s.

Pentecost, St. Arnold Janssen and the Holy Spirit

May 17, 2018

This coming Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost Sunday, considered the birthday of the Church. It was on the first Pentecost that Christ sent the Holy Spirit to his apostles, who were gathered in the Upper Room. With the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire them, the Apostles were able to establish the Church on earth.

My Walk in the Clouds

Apr 23, 2018

We recently came across this account from Frater Son Vu, also known as Joseph, a Divine Word Missionary seminarian from Vietnam. Here he describes his Overseas Training Program experience in Papua New Guinea:

Celebrating Easter Around the World

Mar 27, 2018

Divine Word Missionaries serve in 84 countries, and each one of those countries celebrates Easter with its own unique traditions. While the central celebration of the Easter Mass is the same in every country, our missionaries will see different customs throughout the world.

A Lenten Reflection

Feb 19, 2018

We are now in the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. Because the season lasts about a month and a half, it is easy to lose focus along the way to Easter. One way to regain focus (or, even better, not to lose it at all) is to seek spiritual guidance.

Christmas customs

Dec 20, 2017

Christmas is fast approaching now, and many of us are making last-minute preparations for our family celebrations. Every family has its own Christmas traditions. What are yours? Is your big Christmas meal breakfast, lunch or dinner? Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Or do you open a few on Christmas Eve and save the rest for Christmas morning?

Newly appointed Archbishop Kikuchi

Nov 16, 2017

A Divine Word Missionary has been named the new leader of the Tokyo archdiocese. On Oct. 25, Pope Francis appointed Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi SVD as archbishop of Tokyo. Archbishop Kikuchi’s installation Mass will be Dec. 16 at Tokyo’s Cathedral of St. Mary, according to his Facebook page. He replaces retiring Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada. Prior to this appointment, Archbishop Kikuchi had spent 13 years as bishop to the Diocese of Niigata in northwest Japan.

Nanzan Japanese essay contest winner

Oct 12, 2017

The news lately has been like a relentless drumbeat of despair: a string of natural disasters destroying lives and property, another mass shooting, continued political divisiveness. Just a glance at the newspaper or televised news or social media can drive you to discouragement.

Mary reflected upon during the month of May

May 04, 2017

How appropriate that we equate and celebrate May as Mary’s month. Many things secular and spiritually related remind us of our Blessed Mother Mary. Secular being the celebration of Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, where we honor motherhood in our own families and society as a whole.


Apr 20, 2017

Bahia Negra—“Black Bay” in Spanish—is the poorest and most isolated area in Paraguay. It is located in the country’s northeast corner, about 1,000 kilometers north of the capital city, Asuncion.

Divine Word Missionaries in Taiwan ordain a new priest from Togo

Mar 02, 2017

Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei, Taiwan ordained Joseph Youta Djiba as a Divine Word Missionary priest in Kaohsiung on Feb. 18, 2017.

World-famous Techny bear needs repairs

Feb 13, 2017

Almost everyone who visits Divine Word Missionaries whether it is at the Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center or at the Divine Word Missionaries Religious Gift Shop on Waukegan Road in Techny, IL, has a moment of nostalgia for the large brown bear fondly named Max. Max could very well be the first to greet you.

50 years SVD presence in Oies

Feb 09, 2017

After reading one of our SVD internal publications, Arnoldus Nota, I was reminded that Divine Word Missionaries have been present in Oies, the birthplace of Saint Joseph Freinademetz, for 50 years.

Chapel of the Word inspired architects religious experience

Jan 31, 2017

We refer to the Chapel of the Word here at Techny a lot in our letters and correspondence to you, our friends and benefactors, because this is where we place your prayers and special intentions.

Christmas letters from the missions

Jan 27, 2017

At Christmas time, both our inbox and mailbox fills with Christmas cards and letters from our Divine Word Missionaries living and serving in all corners of the world. In addition to the lovely sentiments of peace and the joy of Christmas shared with us at the Mission Center, many missionaries give us an update on how things are going in the mission and in the country where they are serving. Here are a few updates for you from Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Ghana, and Uganda.

'Witness of Love': Saint Joseph Freinademetz SVD

Jan 24, 2017

On Sunday, October 5, 2003, Pope John Paul II held the canonization mass for three saints: Arnold Janssen SVD, Divine Word Missionaries founder, Daniel Comboni, Bishop, founder of the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, and Joseph Freinademetz SVD the first Divine Word Missionary sent abroad, missionary to China.

Great Missionaries: St. Joseph Freinademetz

Jan 17, 2017

"The Great Missionaries" of St. Arnold Janssen, father, leader, founder, Blessed Helena Stollenwerk co-founder of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and St. Joseph Freinademetz was first featured in Divine Word Missionaries Magazine, Vol. XLVIII No. 3 Fall 2005, issued quarterly.

Great Missionaries: Maria Helena Stollenwerk

Jan 13, 2017

"The Great Missionaries" of St. Arnold Janssen, father, leader, founder, Blessed Helena Stollenwerk co-founder of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and St. Joseph Freinademetz was first featured in Divine Word Missionaries Magazine, Vol. XLVIII No. 3 Fall 2005, issued quarterly.

Great Missionaries: St. Arnold Janssen

Jan 12, 2017

"The Great Missionaries" of St. Arnold Janssen, father, leader, founder, Blessed Helena Stollenwerk co-founder of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and St. Joseph Freinademetz was first featured in Divine Word Missionaries Magazine, Vol. XLVIII No. 3 Fall 2005, issued quarterly.

Saint Arnold Janssen SVD: Father, Leader and Founder

Jan 05, 2017

Saint Arnold Janssen SVD was the Founder of Divine Word Missionaries, the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit and the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration. We celebrate the memorial of our founder on January 15.

Two Frater’s share their Overseas Training Program-OTP experience

Dec 16, 2016

Cross-Cultural Training Program -CTP also known as Overseas Training Program-OTP occurs sometime after the second year of theology studies in which seminarians have a one to three year mission experience engaging in another culture.

CD project to raise money for Ledalero

Dec 12, 2016

Songs for Ledalero CD seeks financial support to distribute in the U.S.A and raise money for Divine Word Missionaries Ledalero Seminary, Flores, Indonesia.

Sanitation is a human right

Dec 09, 2016

“Sanitation is a human right, just as it is a human right to water,” shared Fr. Roy Thomas SVD, Director of the Janvikas Society in Indore, India .

3 FAQs about Divine Word Missionaries

Dec 06, 2016

A few frequently asked questions about Divine Word Missionaries are answered.

#GivingTuesday for Togo

Dec 02, 2016

Divine Word Missionaries joined the global giving campaign on Tuesday, November 29th to raise funds and awareness for our mission in Togo.