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Society of the Divine Word

Philippines Southern Province

SVD Philippines Southern Province

Map of Philippines Southern Province

The Southern Philippine Province, came into existence with the re-division of the Philippine SVD in 1982 and is dedicated to Bl. Joseph Freinademetz. It covers the regions of the Visayas and Mindanao.

In the Visayas, we are active on the islands of Cebu (University of San Carlos, Divine Word Formation Center, Blessed Freinademetz Formation House, Bl. Arnold Janssen Parish, Radio Stations DYRF AM and DYDW FM, and Divine Word Social Communications Center in Cebu City), Bohol (Divine Word College in Tagbilaran City), and Leyte (Divine Word University). In Mindanao, we are present in the Diocese of Surigao in northeastern Mindanao (Surigao District), the Diocese of Butuan in central Mindanao (Agusan District), and the Archdiocese of Davao in south eastern Mindanao (Regional Major Seminary and DW Formation Center in Davao City).

The Philippine Southern Province has 126 members in perpetual vows who hale from ten different nations (year 2008). The Province is quite young, with an average age of 46.0 years. The apostolic or missionary involvement of the province can be categorized into four areas:

Who are we? We are religious and missionary brothers and priests. The SVD-PHS works in Education, Formation and Pastoral Ministry characterized by four dimensions: communications, mission animation, justice and peace, and the bible.

On Education: We communicate the Word to more than 30,000 students in our three schools, namely: University of San Carlos in Cebu, Holy Name University in Bohol and Liceo del Verbo Divino in Tacloban, Leyte.

On Formation: We form young adults who desire to be religious missionary brothers or priests. The Formation Community for brothers is in Cebu City, while the cleric/priest candidates study philosophy at the Divine Word Formation Center in Davao City and in the Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City. We are also involved in the formation of diocesan seminarians in the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City.

On Pastoral Ministry: We are missionaries of the “Word to the World”. The people whom we work with are our dialogue partners. We chose the word dialogue to underline the importance of communication and the implication of a two-way traffic in communicating the Word. Our Pastoral Ministries cover parish administration in the provinces of Surigao, Agusan del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bohol and Cebu. We also have specialized apostolates in the slum areas, with sexually abused children, as well as with indigenous people; we do hospital chaplaincy, manage radio stations, enterprises and retreat centers, undertake Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation projects and engage in the Bible ministry.


Daily Readings

Reading 1EPH 4:1-7, 11-13
 
: Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all.
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Let us continue to trust in the Lord who guides and directs all things. In this way we will receive proper light and understanding. The Lord himself will graciously grant us in his Divine Providence whatever is necessary in our present circumstances and will help us find the best way in everything. St. Arnold Janssen

The world is our parish
SVD Activities in the World


Let us continue to trust in the Lord who guides and directs all things. In this way we will receive proper light and understanding. The Lord himself will graciously grant us in his Divine Providence whatever is necessary in our present circumstances and will help us find the best way in everything. St. Arnold Janssen

Confreres of Philippines Southern Province during Assembly in January 2017