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  • Alumni Items Other SVD Sites Contact the SVD Alumni Association Vocations Divine Word Novitiate Divine Word Theologate Support Our Work News Calendar of Events Press Releases Press Release Archives Missionaries in the News Missionaries in the News Archives Tales from the Province Videos E newsletter sign up Where in the Divine Word World Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 In memoriam 2015 In memoriam 2014 In memoriam 2013 In memoriam 2012 In memoriam 2011 In memoriam 2010 In memoriam 2009 In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Our Mission The Society of the Divine Word is the world s largest Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers who focus on missionary work Our membership consistently has grown since our founding in 1875 more To reach us click here to be directed to a list of office department and ministry sites Mailing address Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province P O Box 6038 Techny IL 60082 Location 1985 Waukegan Rd Techny IL 60082 In

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  • ten largest Roman Catholic men s religious congregations the Society of the Divine Word more commonly known as the Divine Word Missionaries is the fastest growing order and the only one to experience a consistent increase in membership over the past 40 years If you believe God might be calling you or someone you know to the life of a missionary priest or brother our congregation may be the right fit The process of discernment recognizing the path your life should take goes through many steps One of our vocations directors can elaborate on the process and help you discover more clearly the possibilities of God s unique call As you get to know us better you may feel quite at home with our congregation and the work that we do to help God s people around the world In that case you can consider taking the first step in following a call to the religious missionary way of life The amount of education that you have will determine where you start in the process which includes Divin e Word College an accredited liberal arts college that offers several degree programs as well as English language courses to meet the needs of Catholic seminarians Novitiate a period in which a candidate has time and space to pray and reflect Theologate where candidates take graduate courses in theological studies and pastoral ministr y at Catholic Theological Union The information on the Vocation Office website will guide you to contact one of our vocation directors who will help you begin the discernment process Or if you prefer you may call the Vocation Office at 800 553 3321 and ask to speak with one of the vocation directors May God bless you as you ponder the Lord s call The Steps Each candidate

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  • Where in the Divine Word World Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 In memoriam 2015 In memoriam 2014 In memoriam 2013 In memoriam 2012 In memoriam 2011 In memoriam 2010 In memoriam 2009 In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Alumni Association The Bible Volunteer Opportunities SVD Partners in Mission SVD Alumni Association Newsletters Upcoming Events Past Events Houses of Formation Alumni Advisory Board Alumni Directory Alumni Items Other SVD Sites Contact the SVD Alumni Association Vocations Support Our Work SVD Alumni Association Welcome to the SVD Alumni Association section We hope you enjoy visiting your pages Please feel free to contact the alumni office with your comments Mike Cousins SVD Alumni Association Director We need you Mike is trying to fill in the blanks in his mailing list Please take a moment to look through the list of alumni names without addresses To see the list click here Mission Statement The primary goal of the SVD Alumni Association is to keep our spirit

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  • Missionaries in the News Archives Tales from the Province Videos E newsletter sign up Where in the Divine Word World Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 In memoriam 2015 In memoriam 2014 In memoriam 2013 In memoriam 2012 In memoriam 2011 In memoriam 2010 In memoriam 2009 In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Who We Are Who We Are Our History Facts Where We Are What We Do How to Reach Us Worldwide FAQs Who we are Worldwide the Society of the Divine Word is organized into 60 provinces The Chicago Province is the Society of the Divine Word s largest province in the Western Hemisphere In the Chicago Province we number more than 250 men The members of the Society of the Divine Word s Chicago Province make up one of the most ethnically diverse groups of priests and brothers in the world Collectively we come from 27 countries and speak more than 20 languages Unlike other religious orders that organize their

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  • school Holy Ghost Novitiate on Lake Beulah in the town of East Troy about 30 miles west southwest of Milwaukee Wis 1921 Mother Katharine Drexel gives a grant to the Divine Word Missionaries to help build St Augustine s Seminary which was located in Greenville Miss and later relocated to Bay St Louis Miss St Augustine s Seminary is purposefully built as the first school in the United States to educate African American men who want to become priests and brothers May 1921 Fathers Florian Haas Joseph Murphy and Peter Weyland become the first Divine Word Missionary priests ordained at Techny Their classmates Robert Clark and Clifford King were ordained in China 1922 1924 1922 Father William Ross who later became the first American missionary in New Guinea is ordained to the priesthood 1922 The missionaries found St Francis Xavier Mission Seminary also known as Miramar in Duxbury Mass on the coast about 30 miles south of Boston When the Divine Word Missionaries opened the school on land that they purchased from Boston s William Cardinal O Connor the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on their front yard 1923 In Bay St Louis Miss the Society opens St Augustine s Seminary the first Catholic seminary to educate African American men who are interested in becoming priests and brothers Over the years dozens of African American priests and brothers graduated from the school including nine alumni who became bishops The school closed in 1967 after seminaries began to accept men of all nationalities and races June 1923 Very Reverend William Gier superior general of the Divine Word Missionaries celebrates the first Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 1925 1929 1926 Father Thomas Megan who later became the first American Divine Word Prefect Apostolic in China is ordained 1927 Subscription circulation for The Christian Famil y magazine reaches 125 000 1929 The missionaries accept administration of Holy Rosary Institute a boarding school for African American children in Lafayette La 1930 1932 1930 Fund raising operations at Techny support 22 missionaries outside the United States and provide 80 000 Mass stipends and more than 55 000 in donations to overseas missions 1932 The missionaries dedicate St Paul s Mission House in Epworth Iowa near Dubuque It is the Society of the Divine Word s first seminary west of the Mississippi River 1932 With a school year budget of 37 000 and food from the Divine Word farm the kitchen at Techny prepares three meals a day for 420 priests brothers and students 1933 1934 1933 Chicago native and Divine Word Missionary Father Joseph Murphy becomes the first rector of Peking University in China 1934 Fathers Vincent Smith Francis Wade Maurice Rousseve and Anthony Bourges are ordained making them the first African American priests educated in the United States 1935 1939 January 1935 While traveling to make an annual spiritual retreat 34 year old Brother Eugene Frank dies from arrow inflicted wounds in New Guinea An Illinois native and the second American Divine Word Missionary to arrive in that South Sea island nation Brother Eugene readily adopted his new home during the summer of 1929 Before his death in the upper Simbu he put his skills as a carpenter to good use in Mount Hagen building houses schools and churches 1935 Shortly after ordination Father Gerard Hofstee becomes the first American Divine Word Missionary priest assigned to India 1936 The Divine Word Missionaries open a mission seminary at Conesus N Y in the Finger Lakes region between Syracuse and Rochester 1937 Brother Vincent Louis Webb professes vows and becomes the first African American Divine Word brother 1937 A graduate of St Mary s Seminary and a scholar of vertebrate paleontology Father Harold Rigney becomes the first of several Divine Word Missionaries to earn a doctorate from the University of Chicago He later authored Four Years in a Red Hell The book chronicles his being charged with espionage and imprisoned in a Chinese jail during the 1950s 1940 1941 June 1940 The North American Province has grown so large that Society of the Divine Word leaders decide to form three new provinces out of the one with headquarters in Techny Ill Girard Penn and Bay St Louis Miss 1941 The Divine Word Missionaries open a seventh North American school St Joseph s Minor Seminary in Bordentown N J located along the Delaware River in the southwestern part of the state 1942 1944 1943 Divine Word Missionary priest Joseph Kotrba who was ordained at Techny in 1939 is interrogated by Japanese soldiers and beheaded as a spy because he had been an auxiliary chaplain for American troops stationed in Wewak New Guinea before the Japanese occupation March 1943 Somewhere in the seas off of New Britain New Guinea 62 captives on the Japanese destroyer Akikaze most of whom are German Catholics are hoisted above the deck shot and flung into the ocean Among them are Bishop Joseph Lörks SVD from Germany and two American Divine Word Missionaries Father Arthur Manion and Brother Victor Salois 1944 General Douglas MacArthur takes 20 American Divine Word Missionaries from Australia to New Guinea to continue the development of the modern school system there 1945 1949 1946 Two Techny graduates distinguish themselves Divine Word Missionary Adolph Noser becomes the first bishop of Accra Ghana in West Africa and Father Daniel Driscoll opens the first Divine Word Missionary seminary in Australia 1947 Techny alumnus Father Thomas O Connell returns to his native Ireland to found a Divine Word seminary in County Roscommon 1947 The recently widowed Baroness Maria Von Trapp and her family whose story is immortalized in The Sound of Music accept an invitation from their friend Divine Word Father Bruno Hagspiel They make Miramar their base while they spend the year performing concerts across the United States July 1948 Divine Word Missionary priests Stephen Appelhans and Leo Arkfeld celebrate their episcopal ordinations in Techny s Chapel of the Holy Spirit the place where they prayed as students

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  • 253 Bishops 1 Brothers 37 Priests 187 Scholastic brothers and novices 28 Divine Word Missionaries serve the spiritual and social needs of people on six of the seven continents For more than a century the Chicago Province has educated hundreds of Divine Word Missionaries some of whom go to other countries and others who serve in Canada the Caribbean and the United States Worldwide service Angola Congo Mozambique Togo Benin Ghana South Africa Zambia Botswana Kenya South Sudan Zimbabwe Chad Madagascar Tanzania Africa China India Korea Taiwan East Timor Indonesia Macau Thailand Hong Kong Japan Philippines Vietnam Asia Austria France Netherlands Slovakia Belarus Germany Poland Spain Belgium Hungary Portugal Switzerland Croatia Ireland Romania Ukraine Czech Republic Italy Russia England Moldova Serbia Europe Australia New Zealand Papua New Guinea Oceania Argentina Brazil Colombia Paraguay Bolivia Chile Ecuador Venezuela South America Anguilla Costa Rica Mexico Panama Antigua Cuba Montserrat St Kitts Nevis Brit Virgin Islands Dominica Neth Antilles United States Canada Jamaica Nicaragua North America The Chicago Province includes Canada Province of Québec Province of Ontario Caribbean British Virgin Islands Jamaica Netherland Antilles West Indies United States District of Columbia Illinois Indiana Iowa Kentucky Massachusetts Missouri Nebraska New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania Tennessee West Virginia Wisconsin The Southern Province encompasses Arkansas Louisiana Mississippi Texas The Western Province contains California Due to changing international borders transfers of missionaries and the increase in the number of missionaries these lists are subject to change Distinguished missionaries Many of the men who studied at Divine Word schools or have other connections to the Chicago Province have served the Catholic Church and the world in distinguished ways Making African American history In the early 1920s the Society of the Divine Word established the first seminary for African American men who wished to become priests and brothers

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  • Alumni Directory Alumni Items Other SVD Sites Contact the SVD Alumni Association Vocations Divine Word Novitiate Divine Word Theologate Support Our Work News Calendar of Events Press Releases Press Release Archives Missionaries in the News Missionaries in the News Archives Tales from the Province Videos E newsletter sign up Where in the Divine Word World Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 In memoriam 2015 In memoriam 2014 In memoriam 2013 In memoriam 2012 In memoriam 2011 In memoriam 2010 In memoriam 2009 In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions Where We Are Who We Are Our History Facts Where We Are What We Do How to Reach Us Worldwide FAQs Where we are The Society of the Divine Word presence in North American has been growing ever since the first pioneering missionary arrived on the New Jersey Shore in 1895 Today the successors of that daring Divine Word Missionary are organized into three provinces the Southern Western and Chicago Province Over the years men

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  • in the News Missionaries in the News Archives Tales from the Province Videos E newsletter sign up Where in the Divine Word World Experts Guide Obituaries 2016 In memoriam 2015 In memoriam 2014 In memoriam 2013 In memoriam 2012 In memoriam 2011 In memoriam 2010 In memoriam 2009 In memoriam 2008 In memoriam 2007 In memoriam 2006 In memoriam 2005 Resources Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Archives Free Downloads Protect Our Children Robert M Myers Archives Research Guidelines Holdings Plan a Visit Other Websites Members Intranet Member Documents Member Directories Member Education Characteristic Dimensions What We Do Who We Are What We Do Parishes by District Other Ministries How to Reach Us Worldwide FAQs What we do The Society of the Divine Word is the largest Roman Catholic order that focuses on missionary work Throughout our history we have entered lands where people are in need As we listen to the people observe their ways and become a part of their communities we also discover how best we can show God s love to them Sometimes we are their advocates fighting injustice Sometimes we build structure for their education systems Sometimes we are catalysts for social development programs that provide food

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