On July 4, 2018, the capitulars of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) gathered at the Centro Ad Gentes in Nemi, Italy, for the 18th General Chapter, elected Fr. PAULUS BUDI KLEDEN, SVD as the 12th Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word.
Fr. Budi Kleden was born in Indonesia in 1965. He joined the Society of the Divine Word in 1985. He made his first profession of vows in 1987, then the perpetual vows in 1992. He was ordained a priest in 1993. He studied theology in San Gabriel (Austria). He was first assigned to Switzerland (1993 – 1996), then in the formation house in Ledalero (Indonesia). He was member of the Provincial Council in the ENDE Province (Indonesia), from 2005 – 2008. In 2012, he was elected as General Councillor. He continues in that capacity until he assumes the office of the Superior General in few months.
We allow ourselves to be led by the hand of Divine Providence like children. When it becomes clear that this or that is his Will, then it is time to act decisively. As long as such is not the case, we are somewhat like a man who taps about in darkness. St. Arnold Janssen