• 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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News & Events

Arturo-Burrios-OTP---150Walking with people on the margins is a central focus of the Divine Word Missionaries, and two young SVD students, from Argentina and Mexico, are spending two years of their formation in Australia to do just that, as part of the Overseas Training Program (OTP).

Arturo Manuel Barrios from Argentina and Simon Dominguez Prospero from Mexico, have arrived in the AUS Province to immerse themselves in pastoral life here, and both say their experiences so far have helped them to become better missionaries.

Farewell-and-Welcoming-Mass-at-St-Marks---150Fr Stephen Pilly SVD and Fr Joseph Vu SVD have both emphasised ‘family’ as they take up their new appointments at the multiculturally vibrant St Mark’s Parish, Inala, in Brisbane.

Fr Stephen has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Mark’s, while Fr Joseph has been named Assistant Priest of St Mark’s and Chaplain to the Vietnamese community in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.


SSpS-Sisters-Leadership-Team---150The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters in Australia and Fiji are celebrating the 125th jubilee of their congregation, which was founded in Holland by St Arnold Janssen, the founder of the Society of the Divine Word, and established in Australia at the end of World War II.

In preparation for the Jubilee, which will be formally celebrated with a Mass at the Holy Spirit Chapel in Carseldine, Brisbane on December 7, the Sisters have arranged a workshop with Sr Mary John Kudiyiruppil SSpS, from India, to reflect on the congregation’s call to Mission, both in the past and now.

Fr-Raass-and-Torres-Strait-Family-2014.jpg---150Fr Asaeli Raass SVD has returned to the Northern Territory to take up a new ministry as Head of Catholic Mission and Faith Formation in the schools of the Darwin Diocese – a challenging role, but one he says he is excited about.

Fr Raass is no stranger to the Territory, having worked in Central Australia from 2003 to 2008 amongst 17 Aboriginal Catholic communities, as a chaplain to the Eastern and Central Arrernte people.


Manus Island regional processing facility 2012At their recent Executive Committee meeting, members of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW [CLRI(NSW)] expressed dismay at the policies of both major parties that have condemned asylum seekers, attempting to reach Australia by boat, to 
indefinite detention at Manus Island and Nauru. 

President of CLRI(NSW) Sr Laureen Dixon rsc said: “Many of our members have lived and worked in detention centres in Papua New Guinea and other places and know that the health, safety and welfare of asylum seekers are at grave risk in all offshore detention centres. The recent tragedy at the Manus Island detention centre in which one man died and many more suffered serious injuries has borne out that knowledge”.

Lana-Turvey2---150As a young person making her mark in the corporate world, working in Mission had never entered Lana Turvey’s mind – that is, until Providence led her to a job at Catholic Mission, which she says allows her to employ her corporate skills not to acquire personal wealth, but in the service of the wider world.

“Over time, I’d worked out that I wanted to do something that made use of my commercial skills but actually engaged me in the bigger world,” she says.


Drought2---150The people of Central western Queensland are doing it tough as drought continues to threaten their livelihoods and well-being, but Fr Ronaldo Rodriguez SVD, says he has been heartened by the generosity of people across the Diocese of Rockhampton and beyond to offer a helping hand to his suffering parishioners.

Fr Ronaldo has pastoral care for the Catholic communities of Blackall and Tambo Parish, which fall under the Western Deanery.

Carols---slovaks---150Chaplaincy to migrant groups is a particular focus of the Divine Word Missionaries AUS Province, and for the Slovak community in Sydney, that commitment has resulted in a warm and loving pastoral relationship over many years.

SVD AUS Provincial, Fr Henry Adler has been the spiritual leader of the Slovak community of Sts Cyril and Methodius in Lidcombe for two years, but the relationship between the Slovaks in Australia and the Divine Word Missionaries can be traced back to the 1970s, with the appointment of Fr Jan Krasnansky SVD to work with the growing numbers of Slovak immigrants in Sydney.

Final-Vows-2014---150The Australian Province of the Divine Word Missionaries celebrated recently as three young men publicly professed their Perpetual Vows, with Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD, saying the occasion was a particular blessing because religious professions are rare events in the world today.

Bernadinus (Bedi) Tertius Asmon, Prakash Brayan Menezes, and Trien Phat Nguyen professed their Perpetual Vows as Divine Word Missionaries on Saturday, March 15 at St Paschal’s Chapel, Box Hill. That ceremony was followed by their ordination to the diaconate on Sunday, March 16. Both ceremonies were attended by confreres, family and friends.


1343-CAMI-Popes-Message-Booklet cover---150The Divine Word Missionaries are delighted to be part of an exciting new book from Catholic Mission, in collaboration with Catholic Religious Australia, in which 12 Australian leaders from various Catholic ministries examine and respond in faith to Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel.

The book, entitled Living the Joy of the Gospel: The Francis Effect contains personal reflections on the Pope’s beautiful letter, and also proposes ways in which the Holy Father’s message can be lived more fully in the Church in Australia.