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November 20, 2017
Move over, von Trapp Family Singers

"Around the Arch," the blog of the Archdiocese of Toronto devotes an article to "The Voice of Cristo Rei," a singing contest at Cristo Rei parish in Mississauga, Ontario. The competition, which was the brainchild of Father Carlos Macatangga SVD, raises funds for church renovation.

November 18, 2017
From Dutch OP to Polish SVD
The Daily Herald of St. Maarten in the Caribbean recognizes the good works of Divine Word Missionaries. Father Adam Oleszczuk SVD and newcomer Father Marcin Karwot SVD are featured in this column.

November 5, 2017
There are more Black Catholics in the U.S. than members of hte A.M.E. church

Father Joseph Eckert SVD, pastor of Chicago's St. Elizabeth in the 1920s, is pictured in The Atlantic interview with author Matthew Cressler. In his book, "Authentically Black and Truly Catholic, Dr. Cressler writes extensively about the Society of the Divine Word's service to African-American Catholics.​

October 26, 2017
Former missionary to Africa named Tokyo archbishop

Pope Francis has named Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi SVD as archbishop of Tokyo. This article in features Bishop Kikuchi's service as a missionary priest.

October 26, 2017
Missionary Brother Truong Le ordained to transitional diaconate
Deacon Truong Thong Le SVD recently spoke to the Catholic News Herald of Western North Carolina. Truong about his vocation. He and five of his classmates will be ordained to the priest this May.

July 26, 2017
Thank you for your service

The Chicago Catholic recognizes those who have devoted their lives to serving God, including 11 Divine Word Missionaries.

July 23, 2017
Tech-savvy missionary priest has Portland roots
Newly ordained Father Huy Khanh Tran SVD prepares to go to the Republic of Chad, his first assignment as a priest. Before he left, he made time to talk with the Catholic Sentinel of Portland, Ore.

July 17, 2017
St. Patrick: The heart of Christ open to everyone
The intercultural nature of St. Patrick parish in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the spirit cultivated by Andrew Thu Pham SVD are beautifully described in Today's Catholic News.

July 10, 2017
On anniversary of floods, West Virginia priest says need still great
The one-year anniversary of devastating floods in West Virginia is foremost in Divine Word Father Quy Ngoc Dang's mind as he talks with Colleen Rowan of the Catholic Spirit and Catholic News Service.

May 9, 2017
Congolese priest finds science, medicine help in service of the Gospel
From the beginning of the Society of the Divine Word, founder St. Arnold Janssen imbued the congregation with an appreciation of science. As told by Catholic New Service, Father Jean N. Ikanga SVD continues that tradition as he practices neuropsychology at Emory University School of Medicine.​

May 3, 2017
Faiths come together in Tampa for National Day of Prayer
Father Stephan Brown SVD and other members of Tampa’s diverse religious communities gather for the Interfaith Summit on the National Day of Prayer. Spearheaded by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida, the event was organized to send a message of love, unity, peace and harmony.

April 14, 2017
Eastern Iowans celebrate Good Friday, ready for Cardinal Timothy Dolan's visit
Divine Word College is prominently featured in this KWWL-TV news segment as they prepare to welcome New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

April 5, 2017
Featured scholar: Alexander Rödlach, PhD, SVD
For Associate Professor and Divine Word Father Alexander Rödlach, medical anthropology and priestly ministry are a natural combination. The Creighton University communications staff captures the essence of that coalescence in this piece about his academic work.

October 20, 2016
Black Catholic men celebrate faith

Black Catholic men from around the nation gather to celebrate their identity and faith. The Catholic Herald of Milwaukee captured the spirit of the annual National Black Catholic Men's Conference, organized by the Society of the Divine Word's Bowman Francis Ministry.

September 4, 2016
GTA throng celebrates Mother Teresa's sainthood

Father Carlos Macatangga SVD and Cristo Rei parish in Mississauga, Ontario, celebrated the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They were joined by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, president of Caritas International, as well as the Toronto-based consul generals of India, Albania and the Philippines. The Toronto Star captured the event in words and pictures.

August 21, 2016
Check these off your Catholic bucket list

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center made the Catholic New World bucket list.

August 5, 2016
A slow recovery in Richwood

Divine Word Father Quy Ngoc Dang and Holy Family parish in Richwood, West Virginia, are working to restore parts of Appalachia that were devastated by floods in June. Recently, Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston visited Richwood to see the damage and recovery efforts with his own eyes.

February 22, 2016
New center will celebrate consecrated life

The Center for the Study of Consecrated life at Catholic Theological Union will delve into interculturalism and other aspects of religious life that bring hope to the world.

January 13, 2016
Three cultures at St. Patrick thrive in faith sharing 'Why Catholic?'

Intercultural St. Patrick parish in Fort Wayne, Ind., is the subject of this article in Today's Catholic News. The article focuses on "Why Catholic," a program introduced to the parish by Divine Word Father Andrew Thu Pham.

January 10, 2016
Making mercy our mission
In this commentary that appeared in Dubuque's The Witness, Divine Word Father Adam MacDonald reflects upon the meaning of mercy and a person who inspires him through example, Superior General Heinz Kulüke.


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