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February 14, 2020
Legacy Project explores the history of the region's black churches

The Toledo Blade spotlights Northwestern Ohio's Legacy Project and highlights the contributions of hte Society of the Divine Word to African-American community.

January 26, 2020
MLK Day celebrated at Holy Rosary-St. John

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tell us if he were alive today? Divine Word Father Charles Smith encourages Catholics in Columbus, Ohio, to ponder that question.

December 20, 2019
'Changing Lives Forever' program brings hope to veterans

The Criterion, Catholic newspaper of Indianapolis, recognizes the Changing Lives Forever program, which assists homeless veterans. The St. Vincent de Paul Society and Divine Word Father Charles Smith, a chaplain for the Veterans Administration, support the program.

December 10, 2019
The Jesuit missionaries who inspired Roland Joffe's 'The Mission'

America magazine talks with Father Piotr Nawrot SVD, a musicologist who has lived among Bolivia's indigenous people for three decades, as a part of a reflection on the lasting meaning of the award-winning film "The Mission."

November 21, 2019
For Ohio priest, bilingual Mass is in English and American Sign Language

Like many priests educated in the Divine Word charism, Father David Cornett deeply appreciates the ability to communicate. In an interview with National Catholic Reporter, he said, "I thank God I have a gift for language." He uses that gift to communicate with a population that is rarely addressed: people who are deaf. Father Cornett was ordained a Divine Word Missionary priest in 1987 and left the Society of the Divine Word in 2004 to become a diocesan priest in Steubenville.

November 15, 2019
Social media missionaries

Student blogger Megan Schultz, who writes "Megan's Gossip," reflects upon the St. Ambrose University Busy Student Retreat and about meeting vocation director Father Adam MacDonald SVD.

October 17, 2019
Chris Moore and Father Dennis Callan

When Army Warrant Officer Christopher Moore that his friend Father Dennis Callan SVD suffered from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, he didn't hesitate to give two-thirds of his liver. They share their story on the "Catholic Military Life," the podcast of the Archdiocese for the Military Service.

June 29, 2019
Catholic musical tells life of China missionary saint

LaCroix International highlights "St. Joseph Freinademetz: The First Saint to Ever Serve in Hong Kong," produced by Father Tan Leitao SVD. The musical received a 2019 Gabriel Awards honorable mention, presented by the Catholic Press Association and SIGNIS North America.

May 12, 2019
Ghana's 100-year-old imam who went to church

For his 100th birthday, Sheikh Osman Sharubutu, the national chief iman of Ghana, gave the world a gift by visiting his friend Father Andrew Campbell SVD at Christ the King parish in Accra. At the parish, which was founded by Father Charles Erb SVD, his eminence attended Easter Mass as a sign of peace and ecumenism. Here's the story as told by the BBC.

May 8, 2019
Incoming priests had varied professions before entering seminary

Catholic News Service reports on the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's report on the 2019 ordination class. They feature Divine Word Missionary Charles Moat Jr., who was ordained in May 2019.

April 18, 2019
In Persona Christi

Divine Word Missionaries seminarian Marlon Bobier Vargas, Deacon Victorin Kalassi Oussoi and Father Raymond T. Lennonare featured in Shalom World TV's "In Persona Christi." In the program, the trio speaks frankly about their vocational journey and what fortifies them in times of trouble.

April 18, 2019
Lessons from Lent to bring to Easter season

The Catholic Register of the Archdiocese of Toronto captured words of wisdom that Father Carlos Macatangga SVD imparted to youth on the journey through Lent to Easter.

April 2019
Why the Catholic Church needs two different kinds of priesthood

Fathers Stephen Bevans SVD and Robin Ryan CP illustrate the richness of priesthood shaped by religious communities in this article for America magazine.

April 2019
Überleben in Chicago

Christina Brunner and Jorg Bothing of Stadt Gottes, the German-language magazine of Divine Word Missionaries in Europe, visited St. Elizabeth and St. Anselm parishes in Chicago.

February 26, 2019
Despite protests at his ordination, he was America's first black bishop of the 20th century

Aleteia recalls the remarkable life and ministry of Bishop Harold Perry SVD.

February 14, 2019
Celebrating Black Catholics during Black History Month

Dr. Timothy Muldoon of Catholic Extension writes of the history of African American ministry in the Catholic Church and the prominent place held by the Society of the Divine Word.

January 10, 2019
Rev. Jerome LeDoux, who fought to keep his church open after Katrina, dies at 88

WBEZ, the National Public Radio station in Chicago, recalls the life and legacy of Father Jerome LeDoux SVD--writer, scholar, historian, pastor. They replay part of an interview that he did on "All Things Considered."

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.

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