• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:36

SVD feast days, a time of thanksgiving

January is a time of thanksgiving and celebration for the Society of the Divine Word, as the worldwide community marks the feast days of two of the Society’s founding fathers, St Arnold Janssen and St Joseph Freidemantz.

St Arnold’s feast day is celebrated on January 15, while St Joseph’s is on January 28.

Special masses will be celebrated in SVD communities and parishes around the Australian province on those days and all are welcome to attend.

St Arnold Janssen, a German priest, founded the Society of the Divine Word in 1875 in a mission house in Steyl, Holland. The society was designed to provide priests and lay brothers for the missions. He also founded the Servant Sisters of the Holy Spirit for the missions in 1889.

St Arnold was passionate about the Word of God and wanted everyone, in all corners of the globe, to know the Word and to know Jesus Christ.

He once said: “To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour”.

St Joseph Freinademetz was also a German priest who became one of the first two SVD missionaries. He set out for China on March 2, 1879 and devoted his life to missionary work.

Today, the Society of the Divine Word, begun by these men has more than 6000 missionaries serving every continent on earth.