As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that every baptised person is personally called to be a missionary for Christ.
Not everyone will take up the call to become missionary priests or brothers like the Divine Word Missionaries, but every person can be missionary in their own place and circumstance by deepening their relationship with God and spreading his love to others.
A key task of the SVD Mission Secretariat is to foster awareness of the call to mission.
The Society of the Divine Word around the world has a multicultural charism and sees interreligious dialogue as integral to the living of its mission.
The AUS Province Vision statement expresses it this way:
“We give witness to our missionary charism through living in international/multicultural fraternal communities. From this experience we reach out to the poor and marginalized, to faith seekers and to people of varied faiths and cultures. We do this with a desire to discern the will of God in a spirit of prophetic dialogue.”
The Australian Province Mission Secretariat is also charged with caring for and supporting our SVD missionaries on an overseas placement.
Many missionaries live and work in extremely poor and marginalized situations. Financial poverty can hinder the spread of the Good News, through preaching and teaching as well as improving local lifestyle.
The mission secretary encourages and assists ordinary church members to become missionary in spirit and fact through the financial and prayerful support of missionaries and their activities.