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General Chapter XVII -- 2012

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17th General Chapter

“From Every Nation, People and Language:
Sharing Intercultural Life and Mission”

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Sebastian Mattappallil, SVD
Rome: June 18, 2012

Divine Word Missionaries begin their 17th General Chapter

The Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) began their 17th General Chapter at Nemi (near Rome) on Sunday, June 17, 2012. The theme of this General Chapter is “From every Nation, People and Language: Sharing Intercultural Life and Mission”. The Delegates to the Chapter, many of them dressed in the traditional clothes used by the people in their missions, joined the opening Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Superior General, Fr. Antonio Pernia. The Holy Bible was brought to the Altar in a solemn procession at the beginning of the Holy Mass.

70 Superiors and 44 elected delegates from 57 provinces and missions will represent the more than 6000 SVD missionaries working in 67 countries across the world. In addition, four brothers and 3 Generalate Officials will also participate in the General Chapter. For the first time, four lay persons (missionary collaborators of the SVD) are invited to participate in the Chapter during the fourth week. The General Chapter will elect a new team for the Generalate Administration (Superior General and six consulters). The General Chapter is expected to last for four weeks.

The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) was founded by Saint Arnold Janssen in 1875 at Steyl in Holland. Also known as Divine Word Missionaries, the SVDs are involved in pastoral, educational, biblical, communication and other specialized apostolates in all the continents of the world. The founder sent his first missionaries to China, in 1878. In 2012, the SVD has taken up its latest mission in South Sudan.

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