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Our name in Latin         
Societas Verbi Divini

Our name in English     
Society of the Divine Word

Divine Word Missionaries

Abbreviated: SVD


The Society of the Divine Word is an international congregation of Catholic missionary priests and Brothers founded in 1875. Its members work primarily where the Gospel has not been preached at all or only insufficiently, and where the local Church is not yet viable on its own.

The Society’s members work in:
EUROPE: Austria, Belarus,  Belgium, Croatia, Czech  Republic, England, France,  Germany, Hungary, Ireland,  Italy, Netherlands, Moldavia, Poland, Portugal,  Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Yugoslavia.

 THE AMERICAS: Argentina,  Bolivia, Brazil, Canada,  Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, United States, Uruguay.

CARIBBEAN: Anguilla,   Antigua, Cuba, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts.

ASIA: China, East Timor,  Hong Kong, India,   Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

 OCEANIA: Australia, New  Zealand, Papua New Guinea.

 AFRICA: Angola, Benin,  Botswana, Chad, Congo,  Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 Personnel worldwide: more than 6,000. The Society of the Divine Word is the only major congregation of religious men which has shown steady growth over the last 30 years.

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