SVD Philippines Southern Province

"LUZVIMINDA" is a word that is sometimes used to refer to the Philippines. While it sounds like a woman's name, it is actually an acronym for the three groups of islands into which the country is often divided - Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. The Southern Philippine Province, which came into existence with the re-division of the Philippine SVD in 1982 and is dedicated to St. Joseph Freinademetz, covers the Visayas and Mindanao.

Who are we? We are religious and missionary brothers and priests. The SVD-PHS works in Education, Formation and Pastoral Ministry characterized by four dimensions: communications, mission animation, justice and peace, and the bible.

On Education: We communicate the Word to more than 30,000 students in our three schools, namely: University of San Carlos in Cebu, Holy Name University in Bohol and Liceo del Verbo Divino in Tacloban, Leyte.

On Formation: We form young adults who desire to be religious missionary brothers or priests. The Formation Community for brothers is in Cebu City, while the cleric/priest candidates study philosophy at the Divine Word Formation Center in Davao City and in the Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City. We are also involved in the formation of diocesan seminarians in the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City.

On Pastoral Ministry: We are missionaries of the “Word to the World”. The people whom we work with are our dialogue partners. We chose the word dialogue to underline the importance of communication and the implication of a two-way traffic in communicating the Word. Our Pastoral Ministries cover parish administration in the provinces of Surigao, Agusan del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bohol and Cebu. We also have specialized apostolates in the slum areas, with sexually abused children, as well as with indigenous people; we do hospital chaplaincy, manage radio stations, enterprises and retreat centers, undertake Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation projects and engage in the Bible ministry.