We are international missionary religious congregation of the Catholic Church. We have 6005 members working in 76 countries of the world. We live together in multicultural communities.
The ultimate purpose of our mission today is the same as it has been since the time of our founder, “to proclaim the Kingdom of God’s love” as the common destiny of all humanity and the horizon toward which we travel. It is from the internal loving dialogue of the triune God that this mission emerges, a dialogue of love and forgiveness with all humanity. We do not invent our own mission – it is Missio Dei – we are called by the Father, sent by the Word and led by the Spirit.
Many religious orders and congregations have certain characteristics or traits that make them known. We are recognised by the four characteristic dimensions: the Bible, Mission Animation, Communication, Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC). With regards to the missions, what makes us unique from many missionary institutes is that mission areas or regions are not the sole responsibility of individual provinces, but of the whole Society. Our generalate may appoint members from any country to any other country with priority given to those places which are most in need. This also explains why many SVD communities are international in character.
We have two sister congregations, also founded by Saint Arnold Janssen. They are the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), otherwise known as the "Blue Sisters" and a contemplative branch called the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP) or better known as the "Pink Sisters", the nicknames allude to the colour of the respective religious habits.
|Official Name||Society of the Divine Word|
|Official Latin Name||Societas Verbi Divini|
|Founding Date||September 8, 1875|
|Founder||St. Arnold Janssen|
|Type||Institute of Consecrated Life|
What is absolutely necessary is that the superior be a good and responsible religious. Only if he is guided by the Holy Rule can we hope that the spirit is in him and will lead him on to all that is good and true. St. Arnold Janssen