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Coordinates: 42°26′N 90°56′W / 42.44°N 90.93°W / 42.44; -90.93

Divine Word College is an undergraduate Roman Catholic seminary that educates young men for missionary vocations as priests and Brothers in the Society of the Divine Word. The college also offers degree and ESL (English as Second Language) programs to other Catholic religious missionaries and those aspiring to Catholic lay ministries.

The Society of the Divine Word originally established Divine Word Seminary, a four-year liberal arts college in 1912 at Techny, Illinois. The Society later purchased property in Epworth, Iowa, in 1931 and established St. Paul’s Mission House, an SVD high school seminary. In 1964, Divine Word College replaced the high school seminary and has since served as the principal site of SVD undergraduate seminary education in the United States. Located just minutes from the larger city of Dubuque, the college is set on a peaceful, tree-lined campus in the small rural town of Epworth.

Divine Word College offers an education which combines a liberal arts curriculum and a comprehensive program of spiritual formation within an environment that teaches and honors the rich cultural diversity of its students and the world’s cultures. The core values of Divine Word College include diversity, opportunity, community, spiritual growth, service, integrity and lifelong learning. An intensive ESL program serves those students who require it for success in completing their degree programs.

During their final semester of undergraduate studies at Divine Word College, those young men who choose to continue their vocational journey with the SVD may apply for the Society’s one-year novitiate program at the Chicago Province Headquarters in Techny, Illinois. These men may then apply to profess first vows as members of the Society near the end of the novitiate program and continue on with seminary studies at the Chicago Theologate.

Other Divine Word College students may include SVDs from foreign countries who are in the ESL program and Catholic religious missionaries from other orders and countries who are earning their degrees or learning English before going on to their missionary work. The international student body contributes to a diverse and unique learning environment and lifestyle experience.

CAMPUS AND STUDENT LIFE Student life balances academics, formation activities, spiritual life, sports and recreation in a community environment, with liturgy and prayer as the framework for each day. Modern computer technology, excellent library services and an ESL learning center aid international students in acquiring language skills. Counseling, student health and tutoring services are available. Recently remodeled dormitory rooms and large student lounge offer comfortable places for relaxation or study. A spacious dining hall provides three nutritious meals per day for students.

The large combination gymnasium/auditorium accommodates a variety of sports and cultural events. In addition to an indoor swimming pool and weight room, the campus features new tennis courts and a soccer field. Off campus activities are nearby, plentiful and diverse and include interaction with area host families. Art and culture play important roles at Divine Word College and are reflected in the art program, the two campus art galleries and unique displays of art and artifacts from around the world.

HISTORY The Society of the Divine Word was founded in 1875 in Steyl, Holland, by a German priest, Fr. Arnold Janssen, who created a missionary training center there. Within four years, he sent the first Divine Word Missionary, Fr. Joseph Freinademetz, SVD, to China. Janssen also helped to found two religious sister orders within the Society: the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) and the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP). In 1895, Brother Wendelin Meyer, SVD, came to America. By 1909, the Society had established the first seminary in the United States with the mission of training priest and Brother candidates for service in foreign missions. Both Janssen and Freinademetz were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

Today there are over 6,000 Divine Word Missionaries working in more than 70 countries worldwide. They preach the Gospel and share the Word of God by living, working, teaching and sharing with others in global ministries.

ACCREDITATIONS The College is accredited or affiliated with the following organizations:

• The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Address: 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; Phone (312)263-0456 and (800)621-7440) • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) • American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) • American Council on Education (ACE) • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

The College is:

• Incorporated by the State of Iowa as an institution of higher education empowered to grant degrees and academic honors • Approved under the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service as a school for attendance by non-immigrant students

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