Society Matters | Volume 32 No. 1 | Autumn 2022

Volume 32 No. 1 | Autumn 2022 2 Society Matters Message from the Provincial Superior Dear Friends, Welcome to the Autumn edition of Society Matters. As you can see, we have given Society Matters a fresh new design, given that it has been about a decade since our last one. We hope you like it. One of the great joys of celebrating our centenary last year was digging into the archives and seeing some of the old copies of Society Matters from decades past. It’s intriguing to see how publishing styles have changed over the years. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the essence of the magazine’s message. Society Matters aims to share with you some of the amazing projects that are being undertaken by Divine Word Missionaries around the world, particularly those projects which have been supported by the Australia Province, and in turn, by you, our benefactors and partners in mission. We endeavour to show you the human faces of those people you are assisting. By telling their stories, we hope you can see how these humanitarian projects are changing lives and allowing the poor and most marginalised to live with dignity and hope. St Arnold Janssen, the founder of the Divine Word Missionaries, was a great fan of sharing the gospel and sharing mission via the printed word. He himself edited magazines and to this day, Communication is one of the four key pillars or charismatic dimensions of the Society of the Divine Word. We are proud of the history of Society Matters and grateful to be able to continue sharing our missionary activity with you in this way. Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission work. We hope that in this edition you enjoy reading about some of the projects which are underway, including our feature story on Fr Truong Le SVD, a member of our own province, who is providing English language and computer lessons for some of the poorest young children in north-eastern Thailand, thus helping to provide a pathway out of poverty for them and future filled with hope. Yours in the Word, Fr Asaeli Rass SVD Provincial Superior Cover Story: Fr Truong Le SVD is helping the young children in his Thai village to further their education with English language and computer lessons. See the inspiring story on Pages 4-5. Appeal Office: 199 Epping Road, Marsfield NSW Locked Bag 3, Epping NSW 1710 Australia Telephone: +61 2 9868 2666 Victoria: 100 Albion Road, Box Hill, Vic 3128 Tel: +61 3 9890 0065 Queensland: 96 Lilac Street Inala QLD 4077 Tel: +61 7 3372 5658 New Zealand: 41 Britannia Street, Petone, 5046 Tel: +64 4 971 7885 Published by Divine Word Missionaries Incorporated, ABN 51 885 667 646