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Society of the Divine Word

Philippines Southern Province

Pastoral Apostolate


We are active in Pastoral Work in Parishes. We manage parishes: 1 in Cebu, 1 in Bohol, 1 in Surigao, 5 in Agusan del Sur and 3 in Olutanga, Sibugay – Zamboanga.

Adopted Communities

Drugs, sex trade and unemployment are just some of the causes of poverty. We give health care and moral assistance to the victims of man-made evil. These marginalized families and individuals are adopted by the congregation as partners and collaborators of the mission. Adopted communities include slum areas, communities of fishermen and sexually abused children. Only gifted confreres can offer their time and effort to this kind of apostolate and our province is blessed with some members.

Cultural Communities

A confrere is assigned full time to the Cultural Communities in the District of Agusan in the diocese of Butuan. He concentrates on training and educating the young among the tribal Filipinos. After a painstaking research and initial exposure, he concludes that this is the best and the most realistic help we can offer.

Hospital Chaplaincy

Caring for the sick was one of Jesus' priorities. In solidarity with our sick brothers and sisters, a confreres are assigned as chaplain to answer the spiritual and psychological needs of the patients at the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City, Leyte and in Holy Name University Medical Center in Tagbilaran, Bohol.

Retreat House

Prayer is the battery of our spiritual life. It has to be charged and renewed from time to time. We offer a place for spiritual exercises in Retreat House in Banat-I Hill in Tagbilaran City, Bohol and in Retreat House in Talamban Campus of University of San Carlos in Cebu City. The places are perfect for people who search for physical rest, spiritual renewal and quietness of the soul.

Daily Readings

Reading 1 JOS 24:14-29
: Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,and addressed them, saying:“Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,and serve the LORD.If it does not please you to serve the LORD,decide today whom you will serve,the gods your fathers served beyond the Riveror the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
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Let us pray that no matter what happens in this world, our eternity may be a happy one. St. Joseph Freinademetz

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Let us pray that no matter what happens in this world, our eternity may be a happy one. St. Joseph Freinademetz