Our Society

Society of the Divine Word (Latin: Societas Verbi Divini, abbreviated SVD), popularly called Verbites or Divine Word Missionaries, and sometimes Steyler Missionaries, is a missionary religious congregation in the Latin Church, one of the 23 sui iuris churches which make up the Catholic Church. As of 2006, it consisted of 6,102 priests and brothers. It is the largest missionary congregation in the Catholic Church.[1] The Superior General is Rev Fr Heinz Kulüke who hails from Germany.

As members of a religious institute the Missionaries of the Divine Word embrace the evangelical counsels, taking the three traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Poverty means that all possessions are held in common and that no member may accumulate wealth.
Chastity means more than abstaining from sexual activity and its purpose is to make the religious totally available for service; it is also a sign that only God can completely fill the human heart. For a member of a religious congregation,
Obedience is not slavishly doing what one is told by the superior but being attentive to God’s will by prayerfully listening to the voice of the person in charge.
Ultimately, these vows are lived out within a community and bolstered by a relationship with God.

To know more about our society and its mission, please visit http://www.svdindia.org/main.php