At the service of the Word of God
The Verbum Dei Missionary Family (VDMFa) is a reality of the Catholic Church at the service of the Word of God, to which belong all the faithful sharing in the same Verbum Dei spirituality and mission. With the motto of the first disciples of Jesus: "We shall dedicate ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word", the VDMFa aims to live and proclaim the Kingdom of God through prayer, the testimony of life, and the ministry of the Word, forming apostles of Christ and generating evangelizing communities.
The Verbum Dei charism originated in 1958 with the apostolic movement of preaching called "Encounters" (Convivencias), given by Fr. Jaime Bonet in the diocese of Mallorca (Spain).
Its identity remains expressed in its name: to be "family", that is profoundly "missionary", at the service of the announcing the "Word of God". The VDMFa gathers together in its womb people and or groups of all states of life, age, culture and social condition united in the same vocation to be "Verbum Dei"; in other words, to reproduce and reveal the face of God who is one and triune existentially, identifying itself personally and as a community as much as possible to Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.
Evangelization through the Word of God (the specific mission of the VDMFa) opens itself up as a dynamism capable of transforming people's lives, their realities and society. Thus the VDMFa participates in the mission of the universal Church, contributing in such a way so that each person may live the fullness of their vocation to love, their call to be disciple and apostle of Jesus, with a sense of belonging to the Church. This develops the communitarian and missionary dimensions of faith, making the members corresponsable in the evangelizing work of the Church.