The History of the Foundation of Divine Word Missionaries in Rome (1888-2003)

Author: Josef Alt, SVD Translation: Vicente Chavez Castro, SVD
Subject: Collegio del Verbo Divino
Language: English
Publisher: Analecta 87
Year: 2004
Available in .pdf

Even before the mission house was opened in Steyl on September 8, 1875, Arnold Janssen had thought of opening a house in Rome. 

He was already thinking that the Society’s main house should be in Rome because of a concern to avoid the danger of a pronounced nationalism in the new institution. So there were important considerations for the creation of the Collegio in Rome: one was the outgrowing a narrow nationalism and another was creating a meeting place for all the countries in the Society. 

Another reason to have a house in Rome was to have a place for the students, future professors of philosophy, and theology of the many candidates in St Gabriel mission seminary.

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