• 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.

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    Mk 16:15

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation.
    Mk 16:15

  • Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    1 Cor 12:4

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    Jn 1:14

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Col 3:16

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    St Arnold Janssen

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

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí
    若 1:14

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    1 Kor 12:4

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu



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.

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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 Stephen Pilly 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.

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, with Fr Adrian Jenani SVD, assistant priest.

Rockhampton Diocese

Divine Word Missionary members are also working in Mackay, about 1000km north of Brisbane and in Blackall, which is 600km south-west of Mackay.

Fr Ronaldo Rodriguez is the resident pastor at St Patrick’s Church, Blackhall and also ministers to the communities of Our Lady of Victories Church Tambo, Sacred Heart Church, Barcaldine and St John the Baptist Church, Alpha.

“The churches are rural and small with a population of about 5000,” he says.

Catholics make up less than 30 per cent of the population and there are very few immigrants.

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

Despite the small population, Fr Ronaldo says lay participation in the church is very strong and includes a parish pastoral council, finance committee, lay-led liturgy, music ministry, sacramental program for children and adult faith education.

Fr Thuy Xuan Pham SVD is resident priest at St Brigid's Parish, Farleigh and Fr Rodrigo de la Rosa SVD is parish priest at St Patrick's Parish, Mackay.


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