American Divine Word Missionary John Wald receives the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice
from Pope John Paul II, the Independence Medal
from Papua New Guinea, and the Office of the British Empire Medal
from Queen Elizabeth II. The honors recognize his work in establishing the modern education system in Papua New Guinea.
The Chicago Province establishes a residence in Memphis, Tenn., where Divine Word Missionaries live together in one residence while serving as pastors in several parishes and in other diocesan ministries.
Pope John Paul II canonizes the Divine Word Missionary’s founder and first missionary, Blessed Arnold Janssen and Blessed Joseph Freinademetz.
The Divine Word Missionaries name Kitty Collins as the first lay executive director of Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center.
Dr. Naomi Franklin, who received her doctorate from Duke University, and Divine Word Missionary priest Bernard Latus found the St. Jerome Biblical Studies Institute, a Catholic institute with ecumenical outreach on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.