• 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
    圣福若瑟神父

  • 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
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • 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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Thailand

The Australian Province of the Society of the Divine Word reaches across to Thailand, where our members work with poor and marginalised communities in a range of areas, including parish work, teaching, and care for children and adults living with AIDs.

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Mother of Perpetual Help AIDs Centre and Ban Mare Marie Children’s Home

The Society of the Divine Word was invited in 1998 by the Bishop of Udon Thani to take carriage of the fledgling AIDS centre and two brothers initially took up the challenge in 2000, taking time to first learn the language and culture. We now have 12 SVDs in Thailand from a range of different cultural backgrounds, incuding Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, American and German.

The Mother of Perpetual Help AIDS Centre, located in Nong Bua Lamphu, in the North-East of Thailand, about 100km from the Mekong River on the Thai-Laos border, works to make a difference in the life of people suffering from HIV/AIDS in the Northeast of Thailand.

Extreme poverty, isolation and stigma all collude to make the situation very difficult for people in the north-east of Thailand with AIDS. Young parents die leaving orphaned children who are often also HIV infected.

Since 1997 Mother of Perpetual Help Centre has been assisting babies and young children of HIV and poor families in Nong Bua Lamphu. The program started with assisting about 40 children and has grown into helping almost 400 people each year.

One of the priorities of the Mother of Perpetual Help Centre over the years has been the AIDS Education and Awareness Program with school students, which we take to up to 20 schools each year.

The Ban Mae Marie Home for Teenagers began as a home to care for orphans of AIDs, but has now been opened up for care of non-HIV-related teenagers and the elderly.

 

Parish Ministry in Thailand

The Divine Word Ministries have responded to invitations to take up parish ministry in the Diocese of Udon Thani.

Thailand installation 650One of our priests is pastor of St Michael the Archangel Church in Nong Bua Lamphu. Other priests have been assigned to various parishes throughout the Diocese. Many of them are in parishes which have required some building up.

With the small number of Catholics in Thailand, often there are many, but small parishes, so it is necessary to travel from one small church to another on weekends.

English Language Ministry

English language ministry has been an important task of the SVD in Thailand right from the beginning.

Br Ron Fratzke SVD teaching children in Thailand 650There are always people asking to be taught English. One of the Brothers has been involved in the local Government schools since his arrival in Thailand more than 14 years ago. More recently he has also started teaching at one of the local Kindergarten schools.

Teaching English is also one ministry that we offer to those coming for the SVD Overseas Training Program.

 

Vietnamese Migrant Chaplaincy in Bangkok

One of the newer ministries of the Thai Region is working with Vietnamese migrants in Bangkok, as well as in Nong Bua Lamphu.

Anthony Le Duc Viet migrants front page pic 650There are about 50,000 Vietnamese illegally working in Thailand in various manual labour jobs. Our SVD priests in Bangkok not only carry out sacramental ministry, but also provide social and legal support, especially in situations of emergency, such as in the case of accidents or death, where they have virtually no other resources to turn to.

This work Vietnamese migrants in Thailand sits right at the heart of the Divine Word Missionaries’ commitment to walk with migrants, refugees and the marginalised.

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