‘Prophetic Dialogue’ – SVD Mission in 21st Century
The Society of Divine Word (SVD) was founded by St Arnold Janssen, a determined German Catholic priest with a dream of bringing the Gospel to places in the world where it had never been preached.
Today almost 7,000 Divine Word Missionaries in 70 countries continue the work of St Arnold by bringing humanitarian services and the Word of God to those in need.
In the world that is divided by cultural, social and religious differences, Divine Word Missionaries are dedicated to encouraging people to open their hearts and share in God’s love.
“Prophetic Dialogue” is our mission and vision of our ministry in the 21st Century. We work with the margins of the Church and society. We work closely with our dialogue partners (groups of people we are called to serve) in Australia, such as:
(a) “faith-seekers” or people who have no faith community or religious affiliation;
(b) people who are “poor and marginalised” in Alice Springs and Central Australia;
(c) people of “different cultures”; and
(d) people of “different faith traditions and secular ideologies”.
It underlines that all people are included in God’s plan and their diversity is valued.
Divine Word Missionaries are called by the local Church
From all corners of the globe
To live among the people, listen to their needs
And help everyone hear the voice of God
Through evangelisation, formation, biblical pastoral ministry,
mission animation, communication
And works of justice and peace for the integrity of creation,
Divine Word Missionaries make this vision a reality.