Forty eight participants from the “Steyl Family” comprised of Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSPSAP), the Divine Word Missionaries and the Friends and Partners of Steyl (SFP, lay associate) gathered once again at the SSpS Covent for the Steyl Family Gathering from 23 to 25 of March 2018. It was an opportunity for the four families to come together and celebrate as members of the same family.

Laura Díez Bilbao shares her experience after the Workshop for Lay Partners of the Society of the Divine Word organized in Nemi (Rome)

The Laity from all parts of the world, gathered in Nemi

Nearly 260 people came to the provincial house for the gathering of lay collaborators and supporters on 5-6 May 2017 at Nha Trang. They are mostly benefactors, acquaintances, people assisting the confreres, helpers in a mission, catechists and so forth. This gathering was organized by the versatile Mission Secretary, Fr. Nguyen, Hiep Hoang Ignatius who has personal contact with most of these lay persons and travels widely to keep contact with them.

The word Mission is widely spoken about.

However, people find it difficult to talk about mission in its religious and church context. They think it is archaic or it is an expression of intolerance.

Human trafficking is one of the major problem in the Province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) today. Based on report by Tempo magazine on March 20-26, 2017, there are about 1.2 million illegal NTT workers in Malaysia where 69 percent are women who are vulnerable to trafficking.

Janvikas Society organized an exposure visit on 6th February 2018 to Madhya Pradesh State Cyber Cell (the only one in the whole of the state of Madhya Pradesh) in Indore, for the youth club members from various slums. There were about 80 youth who visited the cyber cell.

Today, 1st of January, the Church celebrates the solemnity of Mary, mother of God. On this day, we celebrate as well, the world day for peace. In his homily this morning during Mass, the Pope Francis called on the world to redouble its efforts for peace.

By: Fr. Mathews koratty, SVD.
Emmanuel, God with us. He is with us sharing our joys and pains…..
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized a Christmas celebration with people living with HIV/AIDS along with their family members on 20th December 2004 at St. Arnold’s school hall, Andheri (E). Over a hundred people including their children gathered in the hall by 10 am. Mrs. Meera Barretto, Mrs. Sandra Cranston and team organized various fun games and entertained the gathering for nearly two hours. Everyone continued to enjoy dancing around for another thirty minutes or so until Fr. Mathew Korattiyil shared a short message of Christmas. Many SVD confreres walked in during the celebration to woo the people. Everyone went back home gladly with lots of gifts, lunch box and a supplementary nutrition kit. Many volunteers, St. Arnold’s school and the staff of Sarva Seva Sangh contributed generously towards the success of the celebration with these people who are often excluded by the society.



Christmas Season 2014

Dear Confreres,
Christmas brings back to mind a known phrase of Arnold Janssen, “Because God became a human being, all roads lead to God always via the human being.”

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