International Youth Day was celebrated in Janvikas, Indore on 12th August, by the youth from the slums of Indore city. The theme of the International Youth Day 2016 was: "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production." Janvikas Society has initiated a new venture with the help of the Mission Office (Steyler Missionare), Austria to organize the youth in the slums of Indore city to enable them to empower the society. Four such Youth Clubs are formed in each slum to orient the youth (both boys and girls) and to assist them to become better, responsible citizens of the country.

Oh! that beautiful yet tragic day when Fr Augustine Rodrigues was with us then all too suddenly left us.

The Western Province celebrates its 50thAnniversary this year. In 1964, the province began with 38 priests and seven Brothers. The ministry sites for the new province included Verbum Dei High School, St. Leo parish and the SVD Mission Office, all in Los Angeles.

The SVD Generalate Leadership Team on Wednesday, 11th June began its semi-annual weeklong meeting called Caucus to evaluate and plan the activities. The meeting is held in Nemi, a beautiful town located about 50 km from Rome where the SVD have a retreat house.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Itapua is a center of pilgrimage and prayer for Catholics , but also an attractive tourist site because of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds the Paraná River, 12 km from the center of Encarnación in the Department Itapua.

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