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What We Do


Pastoral Work




We are engaged in pastoral work in the islands of Mindoro, Palawan, and Romblon, as well as in Cavite, Quezon City, and Manila.

I. Manila District

Diocese of Cubao


141 Sct. Fuentebella, Diliman

1103 Quezon City

 Fax:      (02) 923-06-87

 Tel.:      (02) 929-04-19

  (02)  415-43-53

  (02)  923-06-85

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2. Archdiocese of Manila

ST. JUDE NATIONAL SHRINE (1954/1986/1994)

1420 Jose P. Laurel, Sr., San Miguel, 1005  Manila

Tel.:      (02) 735-64-08

Fax:      (02) 735-64-11

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Permanent Housing, Balut, Tondo, Manila

 Cel: 0926-6748683



4. Diocese of Imus



Block C-23,lot 2, Bgy. Luzviminda II, Dasmariñas, Cavite

Tel:       (046) 851-18-94

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Janssenville, Bgy., San Juan, Cainta, Rizal

Tel./Fax: (02)  658-18-11

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 II. Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose




Lubang, 5109 Occ. Mindoro


2. ST. RAPHAEL PARISH (1708/1952)

Looc, 5111 Occ. Mindoro

3. Holy Cross Parish

Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro

4. San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish

Ligaya, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

5. Chair of St. Peter Parish

San Pedro, Rizal, Occ. Mindoro

6. San Isidro Labrador Chaplaincy

Bubog, San Jose, Occ. Mindoro

 7. Parokya ng Mabuting Pastol

Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro

Diocese of Romblon

St. Therese Parish

Lumbang, Cajidjiocan, Sibuyan, Romblon





Calero 5200 Calapan City

Tel.  (043) 288-30-48; 441-05-65

 Fax. (043) 441-05-65

2. Our Lady of Fatima Mission Area

Leuteboro II, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro


Lazareto, Calapan City

Tel.: (043) 288-3032



 Barcenaga, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

 Tel.:      (043) 447-0013  



Melgar, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro



San Agustin, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro   

7. San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish

Naujan, Oriental Mindoro



 Aurora, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro



 Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro

IV. Palawan District

1. Immaculate Conception Parish

Balabac Island, Palawan

2. Santo Nino Quasi-Parish

Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan

3. San Isidro Labrador Parish

Quinlogan Quezon, Palawan

4. Santo Nino Parish

Apurawan, Napsan, Palawan

5. Our Lady of Fatima Parish

Rizal, Palawan

6. St. Luke the Evangelist Quasi-Parish

Aramaywan, Quezon, Palawan

7. San Isidro Mission

Caruray, San Vicente, Palawan







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What we do in parishes

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Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples Apostolate

The involvement of the SVD Missionaries in the island of Mindoro with the Indigenous peoples known as Mangyans started right away when the SVD formally accepted the Mindoro mission in 1935. The activities included health care, livelihood assistance, advocacy in formalizing their ownership of ancestral lands, and providing opportunities for education. Quite a  number of Mangyans have become teachers, among other professions. There is also a diocesan priest in Oriental Mindoro who is a pure Mangyan.  Fr. Ewald Dinter SVD, a long time missionary to the Mangyans, shares the following reflections: 

The Indigenous People (IPs) of Mindoro

LUKE 10:25-37  Gospel, Monday, 27th week (oct, 3 2011) & year C, 14 Sunday.

The Good Samaritan helping the man who fell under robbers. A Lawyer had ask Jesus, "who is my neighbor?

Short reflection for us in the Mangyan Mission/Risen Christ Parish

In emergencies we help / we have to help as the Samaritan did. Our task in the Mangyan Mission, however, is, to work for long range change / solution

Martin Luther King in the USA used this parable in his non-violent struggle to equality of the African-Americans and for human dignity, namely, to work that the road from Jerusalem to Jericho becomes free of robbers

Our work, Program in the Mangyan Mission / Risen Christ parish:

  • Awareness Programs/ Activities that the Mangyans are accepted as equal members of the society. Our effort for Reconciliation.
  • Security of the Land, ancestral Domain, CADC and CADT. Good will is not enough. It needs professionals,
  • Education, provides opportunities to " go to school" in formal, alternative, indigenous education (IP Education as a new system in all schools we work in),
  • Capabilty Building: provide opportunities for the Mangyans to enhance their knowledge & skills for self-determination and self governance. 
  • Human/ IP rights and responsibilities as members of society and tribes, 
  • Sustainable agriculture and Livelihood; through Trainings - that Mangyans become more aware of the resources which are within their reach,
  • Health: Basic knowledge about nutrition, promotion of indigenous healing system and use of herbal medicine, cf. Rolling Clinics of German Doctors. 
  • Values Formation,
  • Research on Mangyans culture, inculturation
  • Helping to form Basic Human Communities and Basic Ecclesial Communities

Education Apostolate

Education Apostolate

The SVD Philippines Central Province owns three colleges (Divine Word College San Jose in Occidental Mindoro, Divine Word College of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro, and Divine Word College of Legazpi in Albay), one (basic education) school for Chinese-Filipinos (St. Jude Catholic School in Manila), and is also managing a school in Semirara Island, Antique (Divine Word School of Semirara Island, Inc.). There are also centers for the so-called Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Cavite, Manila, and Palawan.



S.Y. 2016-2017

S.Y. 2017– 2018 

I. CENTRAL PROVINCE (4 Schools)plus 1



4, 308

4, 181


4, 751

4, 568

DWC-San Jose

 2, 674

2, 441

St. Jude Catholic School, Manila

 3, 061

3, 198

 Divine Word School of Semirara Island, Inc.  N.A.       N.A.





Formation Apostolate

Formation Apostolate

The SVD maintains formation houses to train missionary priests and brothers to do mission in the Philippines and other countries.


1. Divine Word Seminary: It was started in 1963 in Tagaytay and originally housed the novitiate, philosophy and theology departments. At present, the theology department can be found there. Seminarians from other congregations and dioceses also study here. Recently was added the Divine Word Institute of Missiology, where Masteral and Doctoral degrees in Missiology can be conferred.





2.  Christ the King Seminary, E. Rodriguez Blvd., Quezon City: It started in 1933 as a high school for boys that initially accepted even those not intending to be priests. Now it houses the Philosophy Department, and recently began offering Grades 11 and 12 (Senior High). It is also open to other congregations and dioceses.


 3. SVD Postulancy, Tagaytay City. Here, adjacent to the Divine Word Seminary, those who finished the Philosophy course in Christ the King spend a year in psycho-spiritual formation through seminars and special activities.


4. Holy Spirit Novitiate, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. After Postulancy, one year is spent studying the Constitutions of the Society of the Divine Word among other aspects of the life of an SVD missionary. At the end of the year, those who are accepted will pronounce their First Vows in the Society of the Divine Word.

5. St. Josef Freinademetz Formation House, Cebu City. This is the formation house for those who are aspiring to be religious SVD Brothers. They go to the University of San Carlos to study courses that will enable them to do various functions to promote the SVD apostolates.

Characteristic Dimensions

Biblical apostolate

Biblical apostolate

The 13th General Chapter officially
recognized the biblical apostolate as a priority of our Society. "We
realize that in dealing with the word of God, the Bible, we are talking about
the very heart of the Society of the Divine Word .... The biblical apostolate
forms an integral part of our heritage left to us by Blessed Arnold, and as
Divine Word Missionaries we ought to make it a permanent trademark of our
mission work" (Nuntius XII, pp. 710)

PHC Biblical Apostolate coordinator:

Fr. Yap Arlo Bernardo, SVD, Head (Divine Word Biblical)

Catholic Trade Manila Building

P.O. Box 1375, 1099 Manila

Tel.: (02) 731-77-27

Fax: (02) 711-73-24



Mission Animation

Mission Animation

Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD ( Coordinator )

This office promotes mission awareness among the lay to encourage them to support the missions through prayers and material support.

JPIC – Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

JPIC – Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

Fr. Villanueva Flaviano, SVD ( Coordinator )

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One of its prominent activities is the Kalinga (Kain-Ligo ng ayos) center in Tayuman that three times a week provide showers, hot lunch, change of clothing, and adult education to the homeless of Manila.

This office keeps abreast of social and political issues to keep the membership informed and involved. Disaster response during floods, typhoons, etc. is also part of its program.

Ecology concerns awareness is also promoted by the office and through individual initiatives of some SVDs.


Communication –Media (TV, Radio, Printing Press, Cyberspace)

Communications –Media (TV, Radio, Printing Press, Cyberspace)

Fr. Yap Arlo Bernardo SVD, (Coordinator)

Individual SVDs are engaged in Sunday TV Masses, Radio programs, and writing columns in newspapers. Logos Publications is involved in the print media apostolate.  Others maintain pages in Facebook, write blogs, maintain websites to create an SVD presence in the internet.


Other Apostolates

Other Apostolates

The SVD also provides personnel for chaplaincy work in hospitals (Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Fabella Memorial Hospital) and schools (La Salle Green Hills and College of the Holy Spirit Manila). 

There is also a Mission Center in San Jose, Batangas, which provides spiritual wellness (through retreats, recollections and seminars) in addition to doing prison ministry. 

Meanwhile some individual SVDs teach in schools and formation centers in the Manila area (not run by the SVD).

In Christ the King Seminary, Quezon City, the Saint Arnold Center for Integral Development (SACID) is located. Headed by Fr. Melchor Bernal SVD, the Center offers counseling, psychological assessment for seminarians and religious, seminars and workshops, and spiritual direction. For more information the office may be contacted through telephone 2196968/ 7265002/ cp- 09178684152; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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