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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Society of the Divine Word

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Founded in 1875 at Steyl, near Tegelen, Holland, by Saint Arnold Janssen, for the propagation of the Catholic religion among pagan nations. It is composed of priests and lay brothers. The founder did not intend originally to create a congregation; he wished a simple association without vows, but in 1885 the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, were adopted. The Society has houses in Europe, and missions in China, Oceania, Africa, and America. Its missionaries study carefully the racial and social traits, and customs of the peoples whom they seek to civilize and Christianize, and they have made notable contributions to the science of ethnology and comparative religion. Besides other publications, Anthropos, published by them, is a leading anthropological journal containing articles in various languages.

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Entry for 'Society of the Divine Word'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/s/society-of-the-divine-word.html. 1910.

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