“The Verbites have 901 members of Indian origin, 676 working in india and 225 in 43 foreign countries,” Fr Lazar said. “Eight are provincial superiors in Latin America and Africa. One is an archbishop in Zimbabwe. Even Siberia has a Verbite of Indian origin.”
These numbers “are in tune with the spirit and charism of our founder. For St Arnold Janssen, the Church is inherently missionary in nature.”
"Mission is a single but complex reality, and it develops in a variety of ways (RM, 41),” he said. Today, the missio ad gentes includes the missio inter gentes. Understanding different realities by looking at them from an Asian or Indian perspective means developing a deep understanding of cultures, religions and nations. Hence, the missio inter gentes entails building a Church totally included in the Kingdom of God.”
In addition to the Society of the Divine Word, St Arnold Janssen founded two other international missionary congregations: the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (1889) and the Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (1896).