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The Divine Word Missionaries celebrate 125 years of presence in Papua New Guinea.

August 9, 2021

On August 13, 2020, the Divine Word Missionaries launched in Alexishafen the Jubilee Year to mark their 125 years of presence in Papua New Guinea. The jubilee ends on August 13 this year. The province organized a range of activities and events to mark this particular jubilee year.

From August 9-11, 2021, all the province members will participate in the Provincial Assembly. There will be a symposium at Divine Word University in Madang on August 12. On August 13, a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated in Alexishafen. A pilgrimage to the Helpim Shrine is scheduled for August 14, 2021.

A Eucharistic celebration will be held in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Alexishafen on August 15, 2021. The jubilee year ends with a Provincial Chapter on August 16- 20. Aside from these events, there will also be local celebrations to be held in parishes with the participation of the lay Missionaries of the Divine Word. A renewal program for the Arnold Janssen family is also organized on the occasion of the 125 years of SVD presence in Papua New Guinea.

Father Superior General Paulus Budi Kleden participates in the Jubilee celebration. He thanks God for the work of the Divine Word Missionaries in this Asian country. He congratulates all the missionaries who have done their part to carry out the mission in this land.

The first Divine Word Missionaries arrived in Papua New Guinea in 1896. The SVDs work in the archdioceses of Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen, and Madang, and the dioceses of Wewak, Wabag, Kundiawa, and Goroka. In many of these places, the SVD missionaries were the founding fathers of the Catholic Church. Today, there are about 100 Divine Word Missionaries of 22 nationalities in Papua New Guinea. They include five bishops, seventy-two priests, seventeen brothers, and about ten young seminarians. They work in parishes, in education, and in specialized services.

Fr. Modeste Munimi, SVD
General Communication Coordinator