Saint Augustine's Seminary
Home of the Society of the Divine Word Southern Province
199 Seminary Drive
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520-4626
Saint Arnold Janssen
Founder of the Society of the Divine Word
Brother Wendelin Meyer, SVD
Father John Peil, SVD
Father Aloysius Heick, SVD
First SVD Missionary to the
These Divine Word Missionaries played an important role in the establishment of Saint Augustine Seminary.
Read about their important contributions in the two articles cited below.
Father Matthias Christmann, SVD
Father James Wendel, SVD
Historical Summary of the beginnings of St. Augustine Seminary
One of the important historical moments for African American Catholics is the establishment of the Seminary for African American Catholic men in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Its significance is not in question. We remember the ordinations of 1934 and the many ordinations that followed. We remember the beginnings of the African American brothers. Yet, little is known about how all it happened. What were the forces that shaped the opening of the seminary in Greenville, Mississippi in 1920 and the subsequent move to Bay Saint Louis in 1923? Let us take some time to consider how it all came about.
Two articles were printed in the February and April 2015 editions of IN A WORD that shed light on "how it all came to be".