Society of the Divine Word
Southern Province of St. Augustine
199 Seminary Drive
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520-4626
We are the Divine Word Missionaries!
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Our name in Latin: Societas Verbi Divini
Our name in English: Society of the Divine Word
Popularly known as Divine Word Missionaries
The Society of the Divine Word is an international Congregation of Catholic Missionary priests and Brothers founded 1875 whose members work primarily where the Gospel has not been preached at all or only insufficiently, and where the local church is not yet viable on its own.
The Society’s members work in many countries among which are:
EUROPE: Rome (International Headquarters), Germany,
Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, the former republics
of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania,
Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Italy, Switzerland, England,
Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal.
NORTH AMERICA: The United States and Canada.
CENTRAL AMERICA: Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
CARIBBEAN: Antigua, St. Kitts, Anguilla, Montserrat,
Tortola, Cuba, and Jamaica.
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile,
Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay.
ASIA: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan,
Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea.
OCEANIA: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa.
AFRICA: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Togo, Zaire, Kenya,
Zambia, Benin, Zimbabwe, Madagascar.
PERSONNEL WORLDWIDE: The Society of the Divine Word has shown a steady growth in membership since World War II. With 44 bishops, 3,799 priests; 1,020 major seminarians; 792 Brothers; and 393 novices, current membership totals 6,004. It is the only religious order to show an increase in membership in the Church.
SVD’s work in 70 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.
We believe that people can work together and that is why our membership is made up of brothers and priests from many nationalities.
We believe that the world will be a better place if we can knock down walls that separate people from one another. So we live as brothers from many cultures and witness God's love for all people no matter how they look or talk.
Yes, we believe that the heart of God is seen in the many faces of the world.