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Our Mission

The Society of the Divine Word is the world’s largest Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers who focus on missionary work. Our membership consistently has grown since our founding in 1875.

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Our founder, St. Arnold Janssen, once said, "To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbor."

Across three different centuries, we have endeavored to follow his example by becoming a part of the communities in which we live and serve—by learning their languages, adopting their customs, and making parts of their culture our own.

As a group, we cherish our multi-cultural heritage and respect the diversity of others. We seek out those people who are in need, such as the poor, the marginalized, immigrants and refugees.

We invite you to learn more about the Divine Word Missionaries of the Chicago Province, the Society of the Divine Word’s largest province in North America.

To reach us, click here to be directed to a list of office, department and ministry sites.

Mailing address: 
Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province
P.O. Box 6038
Techny, IL  60082

1985 Waukegan Rd.
Techny, IL 60082



For more than 100 years, the Divine Word Missionaries have gone to regions far and wide to live among and help those in need. We invite you to stay in touch with what’s happening here and now…

In Memoriam

Home page in memoriam Bishop Leonard Olivier November 2014
Bishop Leonard Olivier SVD

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Miramar Retreat Center's First Fridays in 2014 December 5, 2014  (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
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December 5, 2014

Time:10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA-02331

Join Father Robert Mallonee, SVD, for a few hours of reflection and prayer, focusing on different aspects of Jesus.
St. Elizabeth's Mobile Food Pantry December 11, 2014  (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
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December 11, 2014

Time:3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: St. Elizabeth Church Hall, Chicago, IL-60653

St. Elizabeth, Chicago's oldest African-American parish and second oldest church, supports the city's economically disenfranchised through its Mobile Food Pantry every second Thursday of the month.

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