Vote of Excellence

IMG-20190531-WA0009Fr. William Owire, SVD is someone I have personally known for the last fourteen years. The first time I met him was in the year 2005 after he had successfully finished his Master’s Degree in Philosophy in India and was back to finish his Theological studies. The First impression I had of Fr. William from the very beginning, was that of a very organized, disciplined and intelligent person.

William was ordained a Priest in the year 2007 and worked for five long years in Divine Word Parish in Kayole, Nairobi. He left a big memorable mark in the DIWOPA community with his reflective homilies and his school development programme that transformed DIWOPA Primary School to what it is, even today.


Fr. William was never content with anything less than excellent in all that he put his focus on. This is the reason, I believe, why after five years of excellent mission work, he asked to go for further studies. Since then William has been studying in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, abbreviated KU Leuven, a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium.

He first graduated with a Master’s degree and continue with the doctoral studies in Systematic theology that he successfully defended on 27 May 2019 under the title:

THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONS AS A PROCESS OF DISCERNMENT – A Critical Appraisal of the Dialectical Tension Between Jacques Dupuis’ Theology of Religions and the Theology of Dominus Iesus.

Fr. William is indeed a man of excellence. We congratulate him in this academic milestone that he has achieved in such a short time. We welcome him back to the province to continue to build our mission, especially in the academic dimension.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD






The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) as a missionary congregation carries her mission in four main Characteristic Dimensions that also make up her identity. Every three years the coordinators of these dimensions in every Province, Region, and Mission (PRMs), meet in there various zones to discuss, evaluate and plan on how to improve the mission of SVD in their zones.  This year, this meeting took place from 27 to 31 May 2019, at St. Arnold Janssen Guest House in Kara-Togo, West Africa.


A total number of 49 PRMs coordinators, including the four General Coordinators from the SVD Generalate in Rome, participated. The meeting programme was divided into two parts. The first part was “general meetings”, whereby all the participants from all the four Characteristics Dimensions came together to evaluate, discuss and discern new areas and ways in which they could collaborate.  The second part was the meeting of the particular Characteristic Dimensions, to evaluate the previous Action Plan and come up with a new one for the next triennium, in order to make effective their activities in the Zone and in their respective PRMs, as well as share best practices among themselves in the Zone.


The General Coordinators also used the opportunity to update the participants on the direction of the Congregation, especially from the 2018 General Chapter Resolutions. This was to encourage the coordinators to work towards the realization of the Congregation’s vision in the world today, especially in the AFRAM Zone.

The participants had liturgical celebrations together, each day organized by one of the Characteristic Dimensions’ Coordinators. They also had meals together.

We thank the Togo-Benin SVD Province who hosted us during the meeting.


Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

Communication Coordinator

Kenya-Tanzania Province

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