Dear Mission Collaborators,


            Greetings in Peace!


            On September 8, 2013 the Society of the Divine Word celebrates its 138th foundation day. It is my joy to invite you our mission collaborators to make the month of September, truly a time of thanks-giving and mission-giving!   

In a couple of months the Year of Faith reaches its culmination with the solemn celebration of Christ the King. In his message for World Mission Sunday this year, Pope Francis hails the Second Vatican Council in motivating the entire Church of its  missionary task that “… broadening the boundaries of faith, belongs to every baptized person and all Christian communities… especially in dioceses and parishes…it is up to these to witness Christ before the nations”. (Ad Gentes, 37) The Pope goes on to say that  “… this, not as a secondary aspect of Christian life, but as its essential aspect: we are all invited to walk the streets of the world with one’s brothers and sisters, proclaiming and witnessing our faith in Christ and making ourselves heralds of his Gospel. I invite Bishops, Priests, and the Presbyteral and Pastoral Councils and each person and group responsible in the Church to give a prominent position to this missionary dimension in formation and pastoral programmes, in the understanding that their apostolic commitment is not complete unless it contains the intention of bearing witness to Christ before the nations and before all peoples… I cordially bless missionaries and all those who accompany and support this fundamental commitment of the Church to proclaim the Gospel to all corners of the earth…”

Let me acknowledge with heartfelt gratitude your interest and support in our SVD missionary endeavors. This year we have extended special mission support to the following: seminarians’ seminary fees, cash gifts for vacationing missionaries, charitable contributions, and sizable remittance to the Mission Office under Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD. The PHN Mission Office has purchased a set of multi-media equipment through the generosity of one mission collaborator for mission talks and power point presentations. Once again, I wish to invite you our mission collaborators to extend your generous prayers and love offerings. As others have been doing, you may enclose in the brown envelopes prayer requests/intentions together with your love offering for our Filipino SVD missionaries assigned worldwide. For being a part of our global mission, may the Divine Word shower you and your loved ones abundant blessings!  



In His mission,


Fr. Emil B. Pati, SVD    

PHN Mission Secretary