The Divine Word Missionaries (SVD)
Who We Are
The Divine Word Missionaries first came to Thailand in 1999 at the request from the Diocese of Udon Thani. The late Bishop George Phimphisan CssR saw the need for HIV/AIDS ministry in rural areas of Thailand –the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2002, Bishop George blessed the cornerstone for both the New St. Michael’s Church and the Mother of Perpetual Help Center in Nongbualamphu, Thailand. The Center provided hospice care for those seriously ill from AIDS which at the time there was no access to antiviral medication.
Missionaries to Thailand
encountering other cultures
To date, the SVDs are 12 strong working in the Diocese of Udon Thani and the Archdiocese of Bangkok. We are active not only with HIV/AIDS ministry but also teaching English ministry, working with refugees and migrant workers, parish ministry, and teaching in higher education.