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!


Come Join us!

Our name in Latin: Societas Verbi Divini


Our name in English: Society of the Divine Word


Popularly known as  Divine Word Missionaries


Abbreviated: SVD


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.

Interested in becoming a Divine Word Missionary brother or priest?


Write us here


or contact:


Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa at


e mail Fr. Adam Macdonald, SVD at:




e mail Mr. Len Uhal at: