HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 58 no. 1 (2012)

The Philippine SVD Schools: An Historical Inquiry into the Beginnings and Evolution of the Engagement of the Society of the Divine Word in Education

Michael G. Layugan

Discipline: History

 

Abstract:

This paper delves into the beginnings and evolution of the engagement of the Society of the Divine Word in the education of the Filipino The Catholic Church in the Philippines at the dawn of the twentieth century experienced a crisis in view of the departure of many Spanish missionaries and the lack of Filipino priests to administer parishes and parochial schools. To find solution to this problem, the Bishops sought the assistance of missionary congregations in Europe. The Society of the Divine Word was one of those congregations that responded to the urgent call of the Bishops in the Philippines. The foundation of the Society in the Philippines ushered in new perspectives in the understanding of its mission. With the assumption of existing parishes, the Society took a shift in its missionary thrust and would later on commit itself to the school apostolate. The Divine Word Missionaries began with the administration of seminaries and the formation of the Filipino clergy. Soon thereafter, some Bishops requested the SVD missionaries to establish or administer schools which would later become an association of Philippine SVD schools known as the Divine Word Educational Association (DWEA).


All Comments (1)

Rhea Mae Yaun
3 yrs ago

Dear Fr. Layugan; I am Rhea Mae Yaun, a faculty of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the University of San Carlos. I am currently working on a section of our ReEd textbook which content will discuss about the history of the DWEA and I have read the abstract of your article published in "THE JOURNAL OH HISTORY". Could I possibly ask for a copy of your article entitled " The Philippine SVD Schools: An Historical Inquiry into the beginnings and Evolution of the Engagement of the Society of the Divine Word in Education" father? and have it as one of our references? Thank you and God Bless