“Remember the humble beginnings!” These are the reverberating words of Fr. Bernard Teneza, SVD the rector of the Divine Word Formation Center and the Provincial Admonitor of SVD-PHN who was the main celebrant and homilist of yesterday’s another triple celebration. “We Remember, We Rejoice, We Renew” the theme of the centennial celebration of the arrival of the SVDs in the Philippines. As we celebrated the birthday of the Mother of the Word, the Blessed Virgin Mary we rejoice over the 135th Foundation Anniversary of the Divine Word Missionaries all over the world. St. Arnold Jannsen founded the international congregation on September 8, 1875.
Remembering the humble beginnings we express our heartfelt gratitutde to the Divine Word for all His Divine Blessings through the years making the SVD now as the number seven congregation throughout the world serving more than 70 countries around the globe. We rejoice over the spread of the Good News in the mission territories and at home specially here in the Diocese of Urdaneta. The SVDs then are grateful to all our collaborators, co-workers, co-missionaries, SVD Friends and benefactors. You share with us God’s blessings and the maternal care of our Mother Mary.
To all of you… a million thanks…rest assured of our continuous prayers for you in all our daily eucharistic celebrations.