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The Australian Province of the SVD

svdconfreres-sydneyprovincialassemblyThe Australian Province of the Divine Word Missionaries encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Myanmar.

Our community is comprised of about 90 men, including priests, brothers, and novices in formation, from 19 different nationalities.

“Like John the Baptist, we the Divine Word Missionaries of AUS Province seek to discover the light which is already shining among the people we are working with and to give witness to it. We do this in union with Jesus, the Word made flesh (Jn 1:14) who came not to crush the smouldering wick but to make it burn brighter.

The Spirit of the Land of Smiles, the Land of the Long White Cloud and the Wide, Brown Land of drought and flooding rains calls us:

    • To give witness in multicultural cities and remote communities,
    • To collaborate with the local Church in their prophetic promotion of lay ecclesial leaders,
    • To minister in works of justice, education and interfaith dialogue.
AUS Province Vision Statement

We, the Divine Word Missionaries of the Australia Province, affirm that the Word Incarnate is our Life and our Mission. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we follow Jesus, glorifying the Triune God wherever we are sent.

AUS Province Mission Statement

We witness to our missionary charism through living and working in intercultural communities. From this fraternal experience, we reach out to all people, giving priority to the following dialogue partners:

  • Indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Myanmar;
  • Migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, the poor, and the marginalised in our places of mission;
  • Faith seekers and people of good will from various places, spiritualities, and cultures.

Together with our dialogue partners, we foster a culture of encounter and care for creation and our Common Home.

We are committed to our Vision and Mission by providing integrated initial and ongoing formation for mission.