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Philippines: Divine Word missionaries mark Golden Jubilee in Diocese of Surigao

The Society of the Divine Word, a Catholic religious order, celebrates its 50th jubilee presence in the Diocese of Surigao, in the province of Surigao del Norte, southern Philippines.

The celebration will be hosted by the only Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) parish remaining in the diocese, San Vicente Ferrer Parish, Brgy: San Juan, Surigao City, the province's capital.

San Vicente Ferrer Parish was established in 1993. It is in Brgy. San Juan, City of Surigao, Province of Surigao del Norte. The Parish Fiesta is celebrated every Saturday in April. 

The celebration will start on June 9, with a welcome and opening program at Convention Center at 6 pm (local time).

Then a Eucharistic celebration will be said on June 10 at the parish by Bishop Antonieto Dumagan Cabajog at 9 am with Arturo Mandin Bastes, SVD, Bishop Emeritus of Sorsogon, and Father Roger Bag-ao, superior of SVD Southern Philippines province.  

SVD priests, Brothers, and Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS nuns) will be gathered, and those assigned to the Diocese for the past 50 years will join.  

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) priests, the diocesan clergy of Surigao, and all the Missionary Sisters will also be joining in this celebration. 

Saint Arnold Janssen founded the SVD, a Catholic clerical religious organization of Pontifical Rights for males in 1875.

The Diocese of Surigao was created on June 3, 1939. As of 2021, the diocese has as many as 454,380 Catholics in 32 parishes.

In the Philippines, 72 dioceses spread throughout 16 ecclesiastical provinces, seven apostolic vicariates, and a military ordinariate.

Over 50 years of SVD missionaries’ work, they pioneered many mission stations and parishes. Most parishes/institutions are handed over to the Diocese or other missionary congregations. -Santosh Digal


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