Dorish Maru College of the Society of Divine Word of the Australia Province, welcomes you to our residence, which is under the patronage of St. Joseph Freinademetz SVD (1852 – 1908), missionary to the Middle Kingdom of China.

We have chosen Dorish Maru College as the name for our residence as a memorial to the priests, brothers, sisters and missionary helpers who lost their lives on the ship "Yorishime Maru" off Papua New Guinea during World War II in 1944. The missionaries at that time came to know the ship by the name “Dorish Maru”.  We hope that by the commitment of our lives, we can pay a worthy tribute to those who were wounded and died on the “Dorish Maru”.

Everyone at Dorish Maru College is truly multicultural, as you will see as you browse through our website.

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News, Events & Scripture Reflections


Mission Day 2016

Divine Word Missionaries Mission Day Saturday, 10th Septemner, 2016 Mission Day 2016 Saturday, 10th September Venue: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre 98 Albion Road Box Hill VIC 3128 More information will be available soon!

Prayer & Reflections [K2 Content]
We are an international community of Catholic missionaries – priests and brothers – founded in 1875 by a German priest, St Arnold Janssen. Across the world today, there are more than 6000 members serving in more than 70 countries. Our community is named after the Divine Word, and so we are known as the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) or Divine Word Missionaries.

Third Sunday of Easter - 2017

This Gospel text always brings a smile to my face. I am not sure if… Sunday Reflection - 3rd Sunday of Easter This Gospel text always brings a smile to my face. I am not sure if it is because I so enjoy reading about this episode in the resurrected life of Jesus or because it brings back so many fond memories of my days in the Seminary. Back in the 1950s this Gospel text was read on Tuesday of Easter Week, and all of us seminarians were told to go on an “Emmaus Walk” that day – two by two – and share with one another the meaning of Easter. I know we all went on a walk (it was usually a lovely spring day in Chicago by that time) and we all enjoyed our day “out”, but I am not sure we always had a serious discussion about the meaning of Easter. But we did enjoy our time together. There are so many things that I find particularly attractive about this passage. First of all, the name of only one person is given – Cleopas – and today most Scripture scholars agree that the other person was probably his wife. It is nice to know that married couples followed Jesus and became His disciples. Then two days after the crucifixion they were leaving Jerusalem, separating themselves from the community of the other disciples. They were discouraged. They had hoped for so much from Jesus. And now all their hopes were dashed. That Easter morning when they left to go back home to Emmaus the disciples could not yet offer them any hope for the future. And so they left. Unfortunately I have found that their action is imitated by so many others – because of a disappointment they leave the Seminary, they leave the Church, they leave their family, etc. It is such a human response to disappointment. I have met many people who stopped going to Church (among them some of my nephews and nieces) who had a disappointing experience with a priest and so left the Community. But on their way home they met a stranger. When he asked why they were so sad, they shared their story of the hopes that they had had and the hopes that were dashed by the crucifixion. When they were leaving Jerusalem they heard rumours that Jesus had risen, but they did not believe it. It is so important for us to share our hopes and disappointments with others, sometimes even with strangers. As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous I know the value of people sharing their stories. Just the sharing of our pain and disappointment is already the beginning of a healing. For the last forty years I have been hosting a Gathering of Returned Missionaries once a month. Returned Missionaries come back with many stories to tell, but few people have the time to listen to their stories. There is often a lot of pain and disappointment connected with their stories – pain and disappointment they are reluctant to share with others who might not understand. When I was in London a Sister who had spent over twenty years in Egypt came back home because she was suffering from cancer. She came to one of our Gatherings, and the group let her speak for the full two hours we were together. On her deathbed she said to her Superior: Be sure to thank the Returned Missionaries for giving me a chance to tell my story. Finally when they arrived in Emmaus, their home, they invited Jesus to have a meal with them. They extended hospitality to this stranger. And because of this they recognized who He was and began to understand all that He had been telling them about the reason for His sufferings and death. In that moment of recognition their pain and disappointment was healed. It so often happens that people are healed when they forget themselves and offer hospitality to the stranger. They then rush back to the community in Jerusalem to share the wonderful experience they had of the risen Jesus. There they discover that other disciples also had a similar experience. They now strengthen one another’s faith and hope and are open to waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We need to hear the stories of faith and hope of others to encourage us in our faith. And that is why we need our Christian Community.

Second Sunday of Easter - 2017

I do not know if John Paul II chose the Second Sunday after Easter to… Second Sunday after Easter DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY I do not know if John Paul II chose the Second Sunday after Easter to be also Divine Mercy Sunday because of the Gospel reading for this Sunday or for some other reason, but certainly the celebration of God’s Divine Mercy goes well with today’s Gospel. In today’s Gospel reading we are told that Jesus made a visit to the disciples on the very evening that He rose. When he appeared, there was no scolding of the Apostles. After all, all of them in a sense betrayed Him (except maybe for John) because Peter, after his triple denial of knowing Jesus. and all the other apostles ran away. They still were very frightened that night that they might be arrested and so they kept the door locked. But when Jesus appeared, His first words were: Peace be with you. There was no “where were you when I needed you?” -- no lecturing – just unconditional love and forgiveness. He even gave these men the power that evening to forgive others just as they were forgiven. It is hard for many Christians to accept this unconditional love of God. I met one lovely woman in AA who had been sold into prostitution by her parents when she was six years old because they needed the money for their drugs. She grew up surrounded by drug users and alcoholics and became one herself. In her early 20s she joined Alcoholics Anonymous. When I met her she had been clean and sober for 19 years. After one meeting she said to me: Fr. Larry – there is still something missing in my life; I don’t have a “God of my own understanding. Can you recommend something I might read?” I told her to get the bible and read the 15th chapter of Luke’s Gospel – the story of the Prodigal Son. The father in that story welcomes back the son without any scolding or recriminations. Two weeks later at a meeting she asked me: is God really like that? I said: yes; God is really like that. Today’s gospel story confirms that. There is also a special forgiveness given a week later to Thomas who doubted His resurrection. He would not trust the witness of the other apostles when they told him that Jesus was indeed risen. He not only wanted to see Jesus – he wanted to touch his wounds to make sure this was the same person who had been crucified and not some figment of their imagination. Again, Jesus does not scold. He even invited Jesus to touch His wounds. The Gospel does not tell us whether or not he actually touched the wounds, but he did become a believer – “My Lord and my God”. What forgiveness on the part of Jesus! And Jesus goes on to say: Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. That is all of us; we are indeed blessed by God because without His grace we would not be able to believe in such a remarkable happening. We are reminded also by today’s gospel that it is because of God’s Divine Mercy that we are called to share eternal life with God. Every time we attend a funeral Mass we hear the words in the preface “life is changed, not ended”. I can still remember when this truth struck me for the first time. I was studying French in Grenoble and in my class were two Swedish Jewish girls. They spoke English very well and we would during our break go to a patisserie for some delicious French cake and coffee. They did not know much about their Jewish faith and I found myself instructing them in their faith. At one point the one girl, Lilian, asked: “what is different about you Christians?” I told her that we believed that Jesus was more than a prophet – that He was the Son of God – that He was raised from the dead – and for that reason we believe that we too have eternal life. “You see, Lilian,” I continued, “I believe that I, Larry, had a beginning in life, but I, Larry, will never stop living.” She asked if she as a Jew could believe that. I told her some Jews did. Then she shook her head and said: “No, that is too beautiful to be true.” When I returned to the presbytery after my class I said to the parish priest: “Robert, do you realize that I will live forever?” He looked at me like I had gone a bit crazy, but then he smiled and said: “Yes, that is what we believe.” I guess I had never before put my name to it. Life will be changed, but in a most marvellous manner – that is the hope that we are given by the Resurrection of Jesus.

News & Events [K2 Content]
We are an international community of Catholic missionaries – priests and brothers – founded in 1875 by a German priest, St Arnold Janssen. Across the world today, there are more than 6000 members serving in more than 70 countries. Our community is named after the Divine Word, and so we are known as the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) or Divine Word Missionaries.

Religious in the Red Centre gather for Easter Picnic

The vibrant reality of the Religious presence in Australia’s Red Centre was on full display again recently when 27 people from 11 different religious congregations and 11 different countries, gathered for the Easter Monday Picnic. The Picnic for Religious is held in Alice Springs twice a year, at Easter and Christmas, and is a chance for the Religious to come together in an atmosphere of relaxation and fun, to share their experiences of life and ministry in Central Australia. SVD confreres, who are working in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, Alice Springs and in Santa Teresa, turned out with enthusiasm for the picnic day, which was held at the historic Telegraph Station. “It’s always great to see so many people there, from different congregations and different countries,” says Fr Prakash Menezes SVD, assistant priest at OLSH Parish. “It really shows the diversity of Religious life out here in the Centre.” The day features a barbecue lunch, with each congregation providing different foods, as well as plenty of fun, with games, such as an egg-throwing competition. “Mainly, it’s a time to relax and catch up and share each other’s stories,” Fr Prakash says. “We catch up on each other’s ministry and talk about what we are doing and how we are doing it. There is great collaboration out here and it is always good to get together in a relaxing way.”

Relationship in the digital age - a reflection

By Fr Anthony Le Duc SVD As society becomes more technologically advanced, one of the things that we notice is that our contact with one another becomes increasingly mediated by digital means—chat applications, social networks, mobile texting, and so on. Even face-to-face encounters are facilitated by digital technology so that we can see each other even though thousands of kilometres physically separate us. The benefits of these digitally facilitated encounters are many. My own life and ministry have become so much richer because of relationships that would have otherwise been impossible without Facebook, Line, and other Internet applications. My connection with my family who live on the other side of the globe has also been reinforced by technology. I cannot be more grateful that I am a missionary in an age where communication has been able to bring so many people to me and me to so many people. Despite all the wonderful benefits that digital technology brings, my compassionate leave to be with my mother who is suffering advanced stages of lung cancer at this time is reinforcing a point that I have been trying to communicate numerous times in various forums—that while there are many levels of relationship with different degrees of intimacy, the ultimate form of intimacy cannot be achieved without the aspect of embodiment, where individuals can look upon each other directly, touch each other physically, and listen to one another as each really sounds. In the few shorts months that I get to be with my mother, helping her in and out of bed, supporting her as she takes weak steps to the bathroom, encouraging her as she struggles with the exercises to help her strengthen her limbs, and feeling joy as I watch her swallow her food with greater ease, I am convinced in my heart and mind that the true paradigm for relationship requires this dimension of embodiment. I say this is reinforcement of a notion because this is hardly a new idea. The relationship paradigm that I am talking about has already been illustrated by Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan two thousand years ago. In this parable, the Samaritan saw himself as a neighbour of the hapless Jewish victim of robbery and violence, not by watching with sympathy from afar, not by donating some money then moving on with his business, not by sending well wishes through an acquaintance, but by his very physical presence and actions. The story tells us that the Samaritan “saw him, he took pity on him”. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” For the Samaritan, being a good neighbor was not about shelling out cash. In fact, it was not until he had done all those things mentioned above that he took out his wallet to ask the inn keeper to continue caring for the man. In these days, as I reflect on my relationship with my mother, I realise that there is no digital innovation that could replace having my mother’s arm around my shoulders and mine around her waist as she walks from the living room to the bedroom. No technological device can replace my hands lifting her swollen feet onto my laps, then massaging them with medicated oil which I brought from Thailand in order to help the blood to circulate better. And no chat application can replace the moment when I arrived home, opened my mother’s bedroom door, approached her lying on the bed, and said, “Mom, I am home.” She opened her eyes, looked at me, smiled, took hold of my hands, put them to her face, and kissed them.

SVD contingent ready to go for ‘Mission: One Heart, Many Voices’

An enthusiastic contingent of SVD confreres and staff are gearing up for the Mission: One Heart, Many Voices conference in Sydney next month. Fr Tim Norton SVD is even winging his way home from Nemi, Italy where he now works as Director of Courses at the SVD’s Centro ‘Ad Gentes, to act as co-emcee of the conference and share his perspectives on Mission and Interculturality. “We have made a significant commitment in sending both confreres and staff to attend this conference, because we believe it is an important Mission event in the life of the Church in Australia,” says Provincial, Fr Henry Adler SVD. “We had done this in previous years for the Mission: One Heart, Many Voices conference too, and it has had a big impact on those who attend and borne fruit in our ongoing commitment to and understanding of Mission in the local and global context.” Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta, will give the keynote address at the conference breakfast on Tuesday, May 16. Other speakers include Fr Robert Schreiter CPPS, Prof Larissa Behrendt, Dr Cathy Ross, Sr Elaine Wainwright RSM, Mrs Evelyn Enid Parkin, and Fr Frank Brennan SJ. For the first time, the program includes a series of Masterclasses on different aspects of Mission, with a range of outstanding speakers. Sr Ruth Durick, President of Catholic Religious Australia says the conference will have inspiring input sessions and opportunities to share some of the challenges of particular areas of work and to receive encouragement on the journey. “Mission: one heart many voices conference is a great opportunity for very diverse groups of people to gather, share, reflect and dialogue together about the important foundations of mission,” she says. “The Church is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted in its mission and conferences such as Mission: one heart many voices, articulate some of this diversity and richness which is a grace for all of us.” To read more about the conference click here. PHOTO: Some of the SVD confreres, staff and students at a previous Mission: One Heart, Many Voices conference.

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