• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Divine Word Missionaries are present in the Brisbane Archdiocese and the Rockhampton Diocese in Queensland.

Most are actively involved in pastoral work, either in parishes or, for the retired members, in helping out with Masses, giving retreats, spiritual direction, mental health ministry, chaplaincy and prayer formation for adults.


St Mark’s Parish Inala

The SVD resided for 42 years in Marburg, Queensland and moved to Hamilton in 1988. The Archbishop of Brisbane placed the parish of St Cecilia, Hamilton, in the care of the Society.

The house in Hamilton, which was previously occupied by the Mercy Sisters, is home not only to the SVD confreres, but provides lodging for young students from Papua New Guinea who come to Brisbane for further education.  

In 2010, following discussions with the Archbishop of Brisbane, the SVD began shared ministry across the two parishes of St Cecilia’s, Hamilton and St Mark’s Inala. In 2013, after many happy years and in consultation with the Archbishop of Brisbane, the SVD withdrew from parish ministry at St Cecilia's Parish to take up ministry elsewhere in Brisbane.

Fr Bonefasius Buahendri SVD is the parish priest of St Mark's. The ministry at St Mark’s includes a special focus on the Vietnamese Catholic community. About 1700 parishioners worship at St Mark's each weekend. Of these, around 1000 are Vietnamese. The parish also has many Samoan, Filipino, Tongan, European and South American parishioners. Fr Joseph Vu SVD  and Fr Van Bang Nguyen SVD are assistant priests and chaplains to the Vietnamese Community.


St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Kingston-Marsden

In 2013, at the request of Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the SVD took up a new appointment, with responsibility for the parish of St Maximilian Kolbe, Kingston-Marsden in the growing Logan City area of Brisbane.

Fr Sunil Paul Nagothu SVD is parish priest of St Maximilian Kolbe parish. Fr Firminus Wiryono SVD is assistant priest and chaplain at Logan Hospital.

Fr Sunil says Logan is located in a low socio-economic area, with a lot of refugees, including people from African countries such as South Sudan, Nigeria and Burindi. The parishioners are predominantly of Pacific Island heritage, with a large representation from Samoa, as well as others from places like Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands. Other cultural groups are also part of the parish community.

The multicultural parish is well known for wonderful singing and parish community events, and a youth group is growing in numbers. Every year, the youth sleep out in the carpark during winter to raise money for Vinnies.

Sunil and Bang at Mass 650


Rockhampton Diocese

Divine Word Missionary members are also working in the Rockhampton Diocese. Fr Ronaldo Rodriguez SVD has been appointed as Associate Pastor of the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg by Bishop Michael McCarthy.

Fr Ronaldo’s main ministries include the celebrating the sacraments and providing chaplaincies to the Catholic primary school and aged care facilities.


Fr Ronaldo



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