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Volume 25 No. 3 | Spring 2015


Society Matters

A Newsletter of the Divine Word Missionaries Inc - Australia Province

Donations to the SVD AUS Province

Overseas Aid Fund

can be made online at

or by mailing to

Divine Word Missionary Appeal Office,

Locked Bag 3, Epping NSW, 1710, Australia.



Financial Distribution for

Overseas Mission projects


The generosity of our benefactors, our Mission

Partners, continues to provide much-needed funds for

distribution to our SVD ministries in overseas countries.

As you can see from the chart, in the past financial

year, the Mission Office of the SVD AUS Province has

directed funds to a range of countries around the


A large proportion of funds has in the past year has

been directed to various parts of India, where the need

is very great. Madagascar, Thailand, Mozambique,

Angola, Ghana and the Philippines also received

significant distributions from our Overseas Aid Fund,

for their life-changing projects.

None of these projects would be possible without

the generous financial support of so many of you, our

readers, friends and partners in mission

The Divine Word Missionaries appreciate your

ongoing support, however small or large and give

thanks to God for you, our partners in mission, and we

pray for God’s blessing upon you.

Thank you from Vanuatu

Of course the other great display of generosity from

our partners in mission this past year has been the

Vanuatu Cyclone Special Appeal, the funds from

which are still being distributed.

You will recall reading in this year’s Autumn edition

of Society Matters that the first instalment of funds

had been hand delivered by our Mission Secretary,

Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD, to the outlying island of

Tanna, which was devastated in the cyclone. Those

funds helped people to buy basic materials such as

tin roofs to rebuild their modest homes.

In a recent email from Vanuatu, Sr Koleti SMSM

thanked Fr Truc and the donors for the assistance.

“People are trying to rebuild their homes and even

to plant crops again for their families,” she said.

“On behalf of the families in the parish who

received the iron roofs from your congregation, they

express their sincere thanks for the support and the

help you people have given to their families to start

their lives again.”

Fr Truc says a second instalment of funds from

the Appeal will be delivered to Tanna Island in

the coming months to help the parish community

rebuild its Church.

India East


India Hyderabad 13%







India Central 3%