BIRTH OF MARY, SVD FOUNDATION DAY (SEPTEMBER 8)
On September 8, 1875 Father Janssen founded his missionary community by opening his first mission house in Steyl, Holland. Since its beginning, therefore, the Society of the Divine Word has considered September 8th as its birthday.
It was no coincidence that the foundation day of the Society was also the feast of the Nativity of Mary. Saint Arnold Janssen in his personal devotion recognized Mary as the chosen one: filled with the Holy Spirit, she gave birth to the Divine Word. “She is our model of faithful attentiveness and ready response to God’s word; she will help us to bring the Divine Word to others” (Const. 406).
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