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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.



Divine Word Missionaries in Taiwan ordain a new priest from Togo

Mar 02, 2017


Newly ordained Divine Word Missionary and Togo native, Father Joseph Youta Djiba SVD, is the youngest son of eight children and the second priest in the family. However, according to Togo tradition, the youngest son is charged with the duty of taking care of their parents while inheriting the wealth of the family to do so. Despite knowing at age 15 he wanted to be a priest, unfortunately, that notion was quickly rejected by his parents because his eldest brother Gregory Djiba is a priest in Togo’s Atakpame Diocese.

Later in life, while working as a secretary of the largest cotton company in the country, Youta Djiba continued to altar serve and sought counsel from his former university principal, also a religious nun, and his parish priest counseling him to fulfill his deep desire to become a priest. The desire to “save the world and do good deeds and save souls” was the driving source of Youta Djiba’s vocation. Youta Djiba joined the Atakpame Diocese like his brother and after three months in the Diocese he then joined Divine Word Missionaries after having read the biography of St. Josef Freinademetz SVD, first Divine Word Missionary to China.

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

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