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Society of the Divine Word unveils logo for 150 years of its foundation

The Society of the Divine Word (SVD), one of the largest missionary congregations in the Catholic Church, is gearing up to mark 150 years of its existence in 2025 by releasing its official logo along with tagging #SVDat150.''

"After a broader consultation on the logo for the Sesquicentennial celebration of the foundation of the Society of the Divine Word, the General Council decided on a logo for the celebration of the Society," said the statement posted in SVD-Witnessing to the Word on March 25.

According to the post, Father Tristan Ferrera, SVD, designed the logo.

The official theme of the celebration is “Witnessing to the Light from everywhere for everyone.”

St. Arnold Janssen, a German-Dutch Catholic priest and missionary, founded the congregation of Divine Word Missionaries on September 8, 1875. Its headquarters is in Rome, Italy. 

There are as many as 5754 missionaries hailing from 76 countries and working in 79 countries as of January 2024, according to Society of the Divine Word curia sources. 

The members of the Society of the Divine Word work in several countries in Asia.

SVD missionary work began in 1882 and spread to China, Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 1896, the Philippines in 1909, and Indonesia in 1913. It eventually extended to numerous more nations in the region. The Asia-Pacific Zone now has 20 SVD provinces and regions.

Since 2018, they have been working in Myanmar and Bangladesh.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.