On September 4, 2011 Fr. Nereo Joseph Artienda, SVD shared some of his mission expereinces in Ecuador to the DWRH Sunday Mass attendees. Fr. Artienda left the Philippines to his first mission assignment soon after his priestly ordination more than twenty years ago. During his missionary stay he has undertaken various congregational responsibilities in the Society of the Divine Word including having been elected as a Provincial Superior. After a deserving Home Leave, he will be going back to his mission in Ecuador toward the end of October. We accompany with our prayers and support!


Dear Mission Collaborators, 

            Greetings of peace and love in the Divine Word!

September is here once again to remind us of the task and urgency of mission. This SVD Mission month, however, as his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI reminds “… is not isolated moment in the course of the year, but a precious occasion to pause to reflect on how we respond to the missionary vocation; an essential response for the life of the Church…the mission of Christ Redeemer, entrusted to the Church, is still far from being accomplished … a global look on humanity shows that this mission is still at the beginning and that we must commit ourselves with all our energies in its service” (John Paul II, “Redemptoris Missio,” No. 1). We cannot remain tranquil in face of the thought that, after two thousand years, there are still peoples who do not know Christ and have not yet heard his message of salvation.” (Pope’s Message for World Mission Sunday 2011)

As the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) celebrates its 136th Foundation Day on September 8, 2011 we invite you again our mission Collaborators to join us in praying, remembering and in raising funds for the 134 Filipino Divine Word Missionaries working in 46 countries worldwide, for mission animation activities and for formation of future missionaries who are financially poor but deserving seminarians. I am saying this in the light of the Holy Father’s call, “Attention and cooperation in the evangelizing work of the Church in the world cannot be limited to some particular moments and occasions… the missionary dimension of the Church is essential and, therefore, …it is important that every baptized person as well as the ecclesial communities be interested not only in a sporadic and irregular way in the mission, but in a constant way, as the way of Christian life.” (Mission Sunday 2011)

Hence, as it has been done every year, the brown mission envelopes are available for cash donations and as others have done prayer requests/intentions may also be enclosed. In anticipation, my heartfelt thanks for your generous and unending support for the global mission of the Church. May God continue to shower you and your loved ones His choicest blessings!

Devotedly yours in the Mission of the Divine Word,


Fr. Emil B. Pati, SVD

PHN Mission Secretary


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