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Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.)

Divine Word Missionaries

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Also known as: Gesellschaft des Göttlichen Wortes (Deutsch) / Congregación del Verbo Divino (Misioneros del Verbo Divino) (español) / Société du Verbe-Divin (français) / Società del Verbo Divino (Italiano) / Zgromadzenie Słowa Bożego (polski) / Congregação do Verbo Divino (Missionários do Verbo Divino) (Português) / 聖言會 (正體中文) / 神言会 (日本語) / Societas Verbi Divini (latine)

Type: Clerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right (for Men)

Depends on: Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life

Patron Saint: JHS Word (March 25)

Statistics: 1,296 houses, 5,998 members (4,163 priests) (2018)

Address: Via dei Verbiti 1, C.P. 5080, 00154 Roma, Italy

Phone: 06.575.4021

Website: Link

History

Churches


Superiors

Superior General:IndonesiaFr. Paulus Budi Kleden, S.V.D. (55)Fr. Paulus Budi Kleden, S.V.D. (55) (2018.07.04 – ...)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Heinz Kulüke, S.V.D. (2012.07.03 – 2018.07.04)
Superior General:PhilippinesFr. Antonio M. Pernia, S.V.D. (2000.06.26 – 2012.07.03)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Heinrich Barlage, S.V.D. (1988 – 2000)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Heinrich Heekeren, S.V.D. (1977 – 1988)
Superior General:USAFr. John Musinsky, S.V.D. (1967 – 1977)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Johannes Schütte (舒德), S.V.D. (1958.03.28 – 1967.12.15)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Alois Große Kappenberg, S.V.D. (1947 – 1957)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Joseph Grendel, S.V.D. (1932 – 1947)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Wilhelm Gier, S.V.D. (1920 – 1932)
Superior General:GermanyFr. Nicolaus Blum, S.V.D. (1909 – 1919)
Superior General:GermanySaint Fr. Arnold Janssen, S.V.D. (1875.09.08 – 1909)
Founder:GermanySaint Fr. Arnold Janssen, S.V.D. (1875.09.08)

Living Bishops (11 Archbishops, 35 Bishops)

IndiaArchbishop John Barwa, S.V.D. (66)Archbishop John Barwa, S.V.D. (66), Metropolitan Archbishop of Cuttack–Bhubaneswar (India)

USAArchbishop Michael August Blume, S.V.D. (75)Archbishop Michael August Blume, S.V.D. (75), Titular Archbishop of Alessano and Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary

IndiaArchbishop Leo Cornelio, S.V.D. (76)Archbishop Leo Cornelio, S.V.D. (76), Metropolitan Archbishop of Bhopal (India)

TaiwanArchbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, S.V.D. (77)Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan (洪山川), S.V.D. (77), Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Taipei 臺北 (Taiwan)

ZimbabweArchbishop Alex Thomas Kaliyanil, S.V.D. (61)Archbishop Alex Thomas Kaliyanil, S.V.D. (61), Metropolitan Archbishop of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) and Vice-President of Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference

JapanArchbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, S.V.D. (62)Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi (タルチシオ菊地功), S.V.D. (62), Metropolitan Archbishop of Tokyo 東京 (Japan) and Secretary General of Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences

Papua New GuineaArchbishop William Joseph Kurtz, S.V.D. (86)Archbishop William Joseph Kurtz, S.V.D. (86), Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Madang (Papua New Guinea)

Papua New GuineaArchbishop Michael Meier, S.V.D. (92)Archbishop Michael Meier, S.V.D. (92), Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Mount Hagen (Papua New Guinea)

BotswanaArchbishop Franklyn Atese Nubuasah, S.V.D. (72)Archbishop Franklyn Atese Nubuasah, S.V.D. (72), Bishop of Gaborone (Botswana) and Archbishop ad personam

Papua New GuineaArchbishop Douglas William Young, S.V.D. (71)Archbishop Douglas William Young, S.V.D. (71), Metropolitan Archbishop of Mount Hagen (Papua New Guinea)

AngolaArchbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins, S.V.D. (55)Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins, S.V.D. (55), Metropolitan Archbishop of Huambo (Angola)

GhanaBishop John Alphonse Asiedu, S.V.D. (59)Bishop John Alphonse Asiedu, S.V.D. (59), Vicar Apostolic of Donkorkrom (Ghana)

PhilippinesBishop Arturo Mandin Bastes, S.V.D. (77)Bishop Arturo Mandin Bastes, S.V.D. (77), Bishop emeritus of Sorsogon (Philippines)

BrazilBishop José Luíz Bertanha, S.V.D. (79)Bishop José Luíz Bertanha, S.V.D. (79), Bishop emeritus of Registro (Brazil)

BoliviaBishop Krzysztof Janusz Białasik, S.V.D. (63)Bishop Krzysztof Janusz Białasik, S.V.D. (63), Bishop of Oruro (Bolivia)

IndiaBishop Alphonse Bilung, S.V.D. (88)Bishop Alphonse Bilung, S.V.D. (88), Bishop emeritus of Rourkela (India)

IndiaBishop Telesphore Bilung, S.V.D. (60)Bishop Telesphore Bilung, S.V.D. (60), Titular Bishop of Rutabo, Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi (India) and Apostolic Administrator of Jamshedpur (India)

GhanaBishop Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, S.V.D. (76)Bishop Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, S.V.D. (76), Bishop of Yendi (Ghana)

PanamaBishop Edgardo Cedeño Muñoz, S.V.D. (61)Bishop Edgardo Cedeño Muñoz, S.V.D. (61), Bishop of Penonomé (Panama)

ArgentinaBishop José Luis Corral Peláez, S.V.D. (53)Bishop José Luis Corral Peláez, S.V.D. (53), Bishop of Añatuya (Argentina)

ChileBishop Rafael de la Barra Tagleiedes Medina, S.V.D. (90)Bishop Rafael de la Barra Tagleiedes Medina, S.V.D. (90), Bishop-Prelate emeritus of Illapel (Chile)

IndiaBishop Alangaram Arockia Sebastian Durairaj, S.V.D. (64)Bishop Alangaram Arockia Sebastian Durairaj, S.V.D. (64), Bishop of Khandwa (India)

GhanaBishop Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, S.V.D. (65)Bishop Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, S.V.D. (65), Bishop of Keta–Akatsi (Ghana)

GhanaBishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, S.V.D. (64)Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, S.V.D. (64), Bishop of Ho (Ghana)

BrazilBishop Norbert Hans Christoph Foerster, S.V.D. (61)Bishop Norbert Hans Christoph Foerster, S.V.D. (61), Bishop of Ji-Paraná (Brazil)

IndiaBishop Devprasad John Ganawa, S.V.D. (69)Bishop Devprasad John Ganawa, S.V.D. (69), Bishop of Udaipur (India)

USABishop Curtis John Guillory, S.V.D. (78)Bishop Curtis John Guillory, S.V.D. (78), Bishop emeritus of Beaumont (USA)

AngolaBishop António Francisco Jaca, S.V.D. (57)Bishop António Francisco Jaca, S.V.D. (57), Bishop of Benguela (Angola)

PhilippinesBishop Leopoldo Corpuz Jaucian, S.V.D. (61)Bishop Leopoldo Corpuz Jaucian, S.V.D. (61), Bishop of Bangued (Philippines)

IndiaBishop Lucas Kerketta, S.V.D. (85)Bishop Lucas Kerketta, S.V.D. (85), Bishop emeritus of Sambalpur (India)

AngolaBishop Estanislau Marques Chindekasse, S.V.D. (63)Bishop Estanislau Marques Chindekasse, S.V.D. (63), Bishop of Dundo (Angola)

PolandBishop Jerzy Mazur, S.V.D. (68)Bishop Jerzy Mazur, S.V.D. (68), Bishop of Ełk (Poland)

Congo-KinshasaBishop Jean Gaspard Mudiso Mundla, S.V.D. (80)Bishop Jean Gaspard Mudiso Mundla, S.V.D. (80), Bishop emeritus of Kenge (Congo-Kinshasa)

JapanBishop Paul Daisuke Narui, S.V.D. (47)Bishop Paul Daisuke Narui (パウロ成井大介), S.V.D. (47), Bishop of Niigata 新潟 (Japan)

SerbiaBishop Ladislav Német, S.V.D. (65)Bishop Ladislav Német, S.V.D. (65), Bishop of Zrenjanin (Serbia), President of International Episcopal Conference of Saints Cyril and Methodius and Vice-President of Council of European Bishops’ Conferences

IndonesiaBishop Anton Pain Ratu, S.V.D. (92)Bishop Anton Pain Ratu, S.V.D. (92), Bishop emeritus of Atambua (Indonesia)

IndonesiaBishop Gerulfus Kherubim Pareira, S.V.D. (80)Bishop Gerulfus Kherubim Pareira, S.V.D. (80), Bishop emeritus of Maumere (Indonesia)

ChileBishop Carlos Eduardo Pellegrín Barrera, S.V.D. (63)Bishop Carlos Eduardo Pellegrín Barrera, S.V.D. (63), Bishop emeritus of San Bartolomé de Chillán (Chile)

BotswanaBishop Anthony Pascal Rebello, S.V.D. (71)Bishop Anthony Pascal Rebello, S.V.D. (71), Bishop of Francistown (Botswana)

Papua New GuineaBishop Józef Roszynski, S.V.D. (59)Bishop Józef Roszynski, S.V.D. (59), Bishop of Wewak (Papua New Guinea)

Papua New GuineaBishop Francesco Sarego, S.V.D. (82)Bishop Francesco Sarego, S.V.D. (82), Bishop emeritus of Goroka (Papua New Guinea)

USABishop James Terry Steib, S.V.D. (81)Bishop James Terry Steib, S.V.D. (81), Bishop emeritus of Memphis (USA)

Papua New GuineaBishop Joseph Tarife Durero, S.V.D. (52)Bishop Joseph Tarife Durero, S.V.D. (52), Bishop of Daru–Kiunga (Papua New Guinea)

Papua New GuineaBishop Johannes Henricus J. Te Maarssen, S.V.D. (88)Bishop Johannes Henricus J. Te Maarssen, S.V.D. (88), Bishop emeritus of Kundiawa (Papua New Guinea)

IndiaBishop Chacko Thottumarickal, S.V.D. (72)Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal, S.V.D. (72), Bishop of Indore (India)

ChileBishop Jorge Patricio Vega Velasco, S.V.D. (64)Bishop Jorge Patricio Vega Velasco, S.V.D. (64), Bishop of Valparaíso (Chile)


Saints (2 saints, 4 blesseds)

1909: GermanySaint Arnold Janssen, priest

1908: ChinaSaint Josef Freinademetz (福若瑟), priest

1943: GermanyBlessed Grzegorz (Bolesław Frąckowiak), religious and martyr

1942: PolandBlessed Ludwik Mzyk, priest and martyr

1942: GermanyBlessed Alojzy Liguda, priest and martyr

1940: GermanyBlessed Stanisław Kubista, priest and martyr


Deceased Bishops (1 Cardinal, 13 Archbishops, 66 Bishops)

2021: PhilippinesBishop Antonio Pepito Palang, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of San Jose in Mindoro (Philippines)

2021: IndiaBishop Basil Bhuriya, S.V.D., Bishop of Jhabua (India)

2020: BrazilBishop Getúlio Teixeira Guimarães, S.V.D., Bishop of Cornélio Procópio (Brazil)

2019: BrazilArchbishop Silvestre Luís Scandián, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Vitória (Brazil)

2019: BrazilBishop Werner Franz Siebenbrock, S.V.D., Bishop of Governador Valadares (Brazil)

2018: USABishop Dominic Carmon, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans (USA)

2017: PhilippinesBishop Cesar Castro Raval, S.V.D., Bishop of Bangued (Philippines)

2016: IndiaArchbishop Raphael Cheenath, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Cuttack–Bhubaneswar (India)

2016: IndonesiaBishop Hilarius Moa Nurak, S.V.D., Bishop of Pangkal-Pinang (Indonesia)

2014: USABishop Leonard James Olivier, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Washington (USA)

2012: Antigua and BarbudaBishop Joseph Oliver Bowers, S.V.D., Bishop of Saint John’s–Basseterre (Antigua and Barbuda)

2011: IndonesiaArchbishop Donatus Djagom, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Ende (Indonesia)

2011: PhilippinesBishop Artemio Lomboy Rillera, S.V.D., Bishop of San Fernando de La Union (Philippines)

2011: UkraineBishop Julian Gbur, S.V.D., Bishop of Stryj of the Ukrainians (Ukraine)

2010: SlovakiaArchbishop Ján Bukovský, S.V.D., Titular Archbishop of Tabalta

2010: PhilippinesBishop Miguel Clarete Cinches, S.V.D., Bishop of Surigao (Philippines)

2010: Papua New GuineaBishop Raymond Philip Kalisz, S.V.D., Bishop of Wewak (Papua New Guinea)

2009: IndiaBishop George Marian Anathil, S.V.D., Bishop of Indore (India)

2009: Papua New GuineaBishop Hermann Raich, S.V.D., Bishop of Wabag (Papua New Guinea)

2008: IndonesiaBishop Darius Nggawa, S.V.D., Bishop of Larantuka (Indonesia)

2008: BrazilBishop Olívio Aurélio Fazza, S.V.D., Bishop of Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil)

2008: IndonesiaBishop Eduardus Sangsun, S.V.D., Bishop of Ruteng (Indonesia)

2007: PhilippinesBishop Vicente Credo Manuel, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of San Jose in Mindoro (Philippines)

2005: ChinaBishop Thomas Zhao Feng-wu (趙鳳梧), S.V.D., Bishop of Yanzhou 兖州 (China)

2004: PanamaBishop Carlos Ambrosio Lewis, S.V.D., Coadjutor Bishop of David (Panama)

2004: BrazilBishop Apparecido José Dias, S.V.D., Bishop of Roraima (Brazil)

2003: PhilippinesBishop Simeon O. Valerio, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Calapan (Philippines)

2002: IndiaBishop Frans Simons, S.V.D., Bishop of Indore (India)

2001: ArgentinaBishop Jorge Novak, S.V.D., Bishop of Quilmes (Argentina)

1999: BrazilArchbishop Geraldo de Proença Sigaud, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Diamantina (Brazil)

1999: Papua New GuineaArchbishop Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Madang (Papua New Guinea)

1999: ParaguayBishop Juan Bockwinckel, S.V.D., Bishop-Prelate of Encarnación (Paraguay)

1999: BrazilBishop Joel Ivo Catapan, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo (Brazil)

1998: IndonesiaBishop Willem van Bekkum, S.V.D., Bishop of Ruteng (Indonesia)

1998: ArgentinaBishop Jorge Kémérer, S.V.D., Bishop of Posadas (Argentina)

1998: IndonesiaBishop Vitalis Djebarus, S.V.D., Bishop of Denpasar (Indonesia)

1997: IndonesiaArchbishop Gregorius Manteiro, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Kupang (Indonesia)

1997: PhilippinesBishop Wilhelm Josef Duschak, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Calapan (Philippines)

1997: Congo-KinshasaBishop Franz Hoenen, S.V.D., Bishop of Kenge (Congo-Kinshasa)

1997: USABishop Joseph Abel Francis, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Newark (USA)

1996: PhilippinesArchbishop Federico G. Limon, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen–Dagupan (Philippines)

1995: PhilippinesBishop Odilo Etspueler, S.V.D., Bishop of Bangued (Philippines)

1995: ChinaBishop Joseph Li Bing-yao (李炳耀), S.V.D., Bishop of Caozhou 曹州 (China)

1994: Papua New GuineaBishop John Edward Cohill, S.V.D., Bishop of Goroka (Papua New Guinea)

1993: BrazilBishop Friedrich Helmel, S.V.D., Bishop of Guarapuava (Brazil)

1992: Papua New GuineaBishop Bernard Schilling, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Goroka (Papua New Guinea)

1991: IndonesiaBishop Theodorus van den Tillaart, S.V.D., Bishop of Atambua (Indonesia)

1991: USABishop Harold Robert Perry, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans (USA)

1990: ParaguayBishop Augustín Van Aaken, S.V.D., Bishop-Prelate of Alto Paraná (Paraguay)

1989: IndonesiaArchbishop Gabriel Manek, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Endeh (Indonesia)

1987: Papua New GuineaArchbishop George Elmer Bernarding, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Mount Hagen (Papua New Guinea)

1987: Papua New GuineaBishop Raymond Rodly Caesar, S.V.D., Bishop of Goroka (Papua New Guinea)

1985: IndiaBishop Hermann Westermann, S.V.D., Bishop of Sambalpur (India)

1982: ChinaBishop Vitus Zhang Zuo-heng (Chang Tso-huan) (張作恆), S.V.D., Bishop of Xinyang 信陽 (China)

1982: IndonesiaBishop Antoine Hubert Thijssen, S.V.D., Bishop of Larantuka (Indonesia)

1981: Papua New GuineaArchbishop Adolph Alexander Noser, S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Madang (Papua New Guinea)

1976: PhilippinesBishop Antonio Isauro Alzate Buenafe, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Caceres (Philippines)

1972: IndonesiaBishop Paul Sani Kleden, S.V.D., Bishop of Denpasar (Indonesia)

1972: ParaguayBishop Johannes Wiesen, S.V.D., Bishop-Prelate of Encarnación (Paraguay)

1971: ParaguayBishop Francisco Cedzich, S.V.D., Bishop-Prelate of Alto Paraná (Paraguay)

1970: ChinaBishop Charles Weber (萬賓來), S.V.D., Bishop of Yizhou 沂州 (China)

1969: NetherlandsArchbishop Martin Lucas, S.V.D., Titular Archbishop of Adulis

1968: BrazilBishop Manoel Könner, S.V.D., Bishop-Prelate of Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil)

1967: ChinaCardinal Thomas Tien-ken-sin (田耕莘), S.V.D., Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Via and Metropolitan Archbishop of Beijing 北京 (China)

1966: ArgentinaBishop Enrique José Mühn, S.V.D., Bishop of Jujuy (Argentina)

1965: ChinaBishop Theodore Schu (舒德祿), S.V.D., Bishop of Yanzhou 兖州 (China)

1964: ChinaBishop Augustin Olbert (吳伯祿), S.V.D., Bishop of Qingdao 青島 (China)

1961: IndonesiaBishop Jacques Pessers, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Atambua (Indonesia)

1959: ChinaArchbishop Theodor Buddenbrock (濮登博), S.V.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Lanzhou 蘭州 (China)

1954: ChinaBishop Franz Hoowaarts, S.V.D., Bishop of Caozhou 曹州 (China)

1953: IndonesiaBishop Heinrich Leven, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Isole della Piccola Sonda (Indonesia)

1951: Papua New GuineaBishop Stephen Anthony Appelhans, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Eastern New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)

1945: Papua New GuineaBishop Joseph Lörks, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Central New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)

1944: Papua New GuineaBishop Franz Wolf, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Eastern New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)

1942: PhilippinesBishop William Finnemann, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Mindoro (Philippines)

1941: ChinaBishop Georg Weig (維昌祿), S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Qingdao 青島 (China)

1940: ChinaBishop Hermann Schoppelrey (史赫曼), S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Xinyangzhou 信陽州 (China)

1939: ChinaBishop Augustin Henninghaus (韓寧鎬), S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Yanzhoufu 兖州府 (China)

1932: IndonesiaBishop Arnoldo Verstraelen, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Isole della Piccola Sonda (Indonesia)

1903: ChinaBishop John Baptist von Anzer (安治泰), S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Southern Shantung 山東南境 (China)

Other Former Prelates (17)

>2008: ParaguayMr. Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, S.V.D., Bishop of San Pedro (Paraguay)

1986: ChinaFr. Anton Pott, S.V.D., Bishop of Xinyang 信陽 (China)

1969: ChinaFr. Hieronimus Haberstroh, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Xining 西寧 (China)

1969: ChinaFr. Ferdinand Loy (盧裴德), S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Xinjiang 新疆 (China)

1963: Congo-KinshasaFr. Jean Van der Heyden, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Kenge (Congo-Kinshasa)

1961: IndonesiaFr. Hubert Hermens, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Denpasar (Indonesia)

1951: ChinaFr. Thomas Megan (米干), S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Xinxiang 新鄉 (China)

1951: JapanFr. Anton Ceska (アントン・テェスカ), S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Niigata 新潟 (Japan)

>1951: PhilippinesFr. Henry Ederle, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Mindoro (Philippines)

>1948: Papua New GuineaFr. Wilhelm van Baar, S.V.D., Apostolic Administrator of Eastern New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)

1947: IndiaFr. Peter Janser, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Indore (India)

1945: JapanFr. Josef Reiners (ヨゼフ・ライネルス), S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Nagoya 名古屋 (Japan)

1934: ChinaFr. Georg Fröwis (法樂維), S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Xinyangzhou 信陽州 (China)

1931: Papua New GuineaFr. Eberhard Limbrock, S.V.D., Vicar Apostolic of Eastern New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)

>1922: Papua New GuineaFr. Andreas Puff, S.V.D., Apostolic Administrator of Eastern Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land (Papua New Guinea)

1921: IndonesiaFr. Peter Noyen, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Isole della Piccola Sonda (Indonesia)

1914: TogoFr. Nicolaus Schoenig, S.V.D., Prefect Apostolic of Togo (Togo)


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