Missionaries in the news
November 20, 2013
Vivat International — Catholic missionaries at the U.N.
Members of the VIVAT International executive team, including Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Zelia Cordeiro and Divine Word Father Felix Jones, joined Dr. Wendy M. Wright on Catholic Comment to talk about the NGO and how they represent the world's marginalized in discussions at the United Nations.
November 5, 2013
At the WCC assembly, delegates reaffirm mission, evangelism
National Catholic Reporter quotes Father Stephen Bevan, SVD, who played an important role in developing the World Council of Churches (WCC) "Together Toward Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes." The document is the WCC's first official statement on mission and evangelism in more than 30 years.
November 4, 2103
Medical anthropology and missionary priesthood
In Catholic Comments, a radio program produced by Creighton University, Divine Word Father Alexander Rödlach, PhD, talks about his roles as both missionary priest and medical anthropologist and about the intersection of religion, science and medicine. Father Rödlach is a member of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Creighton University.
October 27, 2013
Inter-faith vigil supports comprehensive immigration reform
Divine Word Fathers Andrew Thu Pham and Sam Cunningham take part in calling for comprehensive immigration reform. Today's Catholic News covered the vigil of more than 350 in Fort Wayne, Ind.
September 25, 2013
Building a city of God
The St. Louis Review tells the story of Father Urey Mark, SVD, and the poeple of St. Nicholas and how they reached out to invite others to learn about Christ by taking a Eucharistic Procession to the streets of downtown.
August 23, 2013
A place of peace: Divine Word has been located on the shores of Lake Beulah for 92 years
East Troy News interviewed Father Ed Peklo, SVD, rector and retreat director of the Divine Word community at East Troy, and captured the beauty and history of the place.
July 24, 2013
Divine Word Father Detig reflects on his 50 years as a missionary
Father Joseph Detig, SVD, reflects upon five decades as a missionary priest. He recently told The Monitor, the diocesan newspaper of Trenton, that life and ministry as a missionary is an adventure.
July 19, 2013
Archbishop Barwa shares the story of his persecuted people
When Most Rev. John Barwa, SVD, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, visited the Society of the Divine Word-Chicago Province, he traveled to New Jersey, where he talked with The Monitor about the courage of his people in the face of martyrdom and persecution.
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July 7, 2013
Smith twins celebrate 25 years of traveling priesthood
Twenty-five years ago, Divine Word Fathers Charles and Chester Smith made history. They became the first African-American twins to be ordained in the United States. The Catholic New World caught up with them as they reflect on their lives as priests and brothers.
March 8, 2013
11th annual National Vocations Conference in St. Charles filled with joy
The Observer quotes Father Adam MacDonald, SVD, who represented the Society of the Divine Word at the Diocese of Rockford's annual vocations conference. The event drew more than 3,000 young people from north central Illinois.
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February 19, 2013
Pink Sisters pray around the clock in St. Louis' battered College Hill neighborhood
The Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters and their chaplain, Divine Word Father Thomas Krosnicki, provide calm in a neighborhood plagued by violence. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch records their story.
February 14, 2013
Wood Oaks students discover commonality among religions, despite differences
This middle-school project introduced students to a variety of religions and featured a stop at Techny's Chapel of the Holy Spirit, where Divine Word Father Carlos Paniagua-Monroy answered the children's thoughtful questions. Pioneer Press caught it all in words and pictures.
February 3, 2013
Divine Word Missionaries - building and anticipating God's kingdom
From VIVAT International to the efforts of Divine Word Brother Bernie Spitzley in Jamaica -- Father Adam MacDonald's article in The Witness explains the dedication of our missionaries to bring peace and justice into this world.
January 23, 2013
St. Nicholas looks to evangelization possiblities after closing of St. Patrick parish downtown
The St. Louis Review reports that Father Urey Mark, SVD, and the vibrant St. Nicholas parish fill the gap left by the closing of another downtown St. Louis parish.
January 21, 2013
Thousands of couples get surprise renewal of vows
A recent article on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website features Father Carlos Macatangga, SVD, and 14,000 married couples, who flew in from as far as Mindanao to renew the same promises that they made to each other on their wedding days. Father Macatangga led the ceremony.
December 10, 2012
Catholics celebrate Mary: Mexican faithful devoted to 'mother figure'
The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind., covered St. Patrick parish's Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Four Divine Word Missionaries--Father Jesús Briones, SVD; Father Lloyd (Sam) Cunningham, SVD; Father Andrew Thu Pham, SVD; Father Nam Quoc Joseph Vu, SVD--make up the pastoral team at St. Patrick.