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December 21, 2018
'We are neighbors in Omaha': Meet the city's Karenni community

As the Karenni community makes a home in Omaha, Divine Word Father Alex Roedlach finds a home with them. Celebrating Christmas together has become a tradition. The Omaha World-Herald tells their story.

December 11, 2018
Limited emergency services at Providence open through April

Divine Word Brother Brian McLauchlin, coordinator for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC), and others spoke with the Catholic Standard. They pointed out what the hospital means to the poor.

October 3, 2018
Fight against AIDS: the Verbite missionaries promote assistance and prevention programs in schools

Divine Word Father Truong Thong Le, who was educated in Chicago and ordained to the priesthood at Techny in May, has returned to Thailand. Father Truong fulfilled with Cross-Cultural Training Program in Thailand during his years as a seminarian. He now continues his ministry with people who suffer from HIV/AIDS. Agenzia Fides talked with him about his ministry.

August 31, 2018
Happy New Year!

Tết Nguyên Đán, which in English means "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day," marks the beginning of the Vietnamese New Year. This holiday holds great significance for the Vietnamese-American community. The St. Louis Review gives a glimpse into this year's celebration at Resurrection parish in the city's Dutchtown neighborhood. Chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year)!

August 1, 2018
The long-distance miracle: A former military chaplain’s life is saved thanks to heavenly aid and the sacrificial love of a brother Knight

Miracles do happen. In the case of Divine Word Father Dennis Callan, this miracle came through the intervention of Our Blessed Mother and the care of an earthly mother named Heidi Moore and her husband Chris. The staff of Columbia, the magazine of the Knights of Columbus, caught up with the trio during a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

August 2018
Thirst for justice satisfied through the joy of the Gospel
Debbie Shelley of The Catholic Commentator recently talked with Divine Word Father Rick Andrus, who has served in African-American ministry for 35 years, about the meaning of righteousness and the love he has for his parishioners.

April 8, 2018
Missionaries reap from presence around the world

Our Sunday Visitor talked with four Divine Word Missionaries at various stages in their ministerial lives to learn more about the charism of the Society of the Divine Word and how they serve those most in need.

April 6, 2018
King anniversary recalls bishop's desegregation efforts in Mississippi

Catholic News Service calls to mind the important role that Divine Word Father Robert Pung, St. Augustine Seminary and the Society of the Divine Word have in the African-American history in the United States.

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.


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