Society of the Divine Word

Divine Word Missionaries
Societas Verbi Divini (Latin)
abbreviation SVD
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Location of countries where SVD serves
FormationSeptember 8, 1875 (1875-09-08)
FounderSt. Arnold Janssen
TypeClerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right (for Men)
HeadquartersGeneral Curia
Via dei Verbiti 1, 00154 Roma RM, Italia
Membership (2020)
6,023(Male religious, including 47 Bishops, 4,103 Priests and 507 Brothers)
Superior General
Rev. Fr. Paulus Budi Kleden, S.V.D.
AffiliationsCatholic Church

The Society of the Divine Word (Latin: Societas Verbi Divini, abbreviated SVD), popularly called Verbites or the Divine Word Missionaries, and sometimes the Steyler Missionaries, is a Roman Catholic missionary religious congregation. As of 2020, it consisted of 6,023 members composed of priests and religious brothers working in more than 70 countries. It is the largest missionary congregation in the Catholic Church.[1] The superior general is Paulus Budi Kleden who hails from Indonesia.[2]