The Youth Initiatives Story
Youth Initiatives (YI) had a miraculous birth. It grew out of a series of parish missions in West Belfast between 1988 and 1990, where many young people took first steps toward conversion.
Youth:link - Helping Teenagers Own Their Faith
As long as most of us remember, Andy Pettman has been involved in youth work: in his church, during his Gap year in Honduras many years ago, and in his local Sword of the Spirit community in London.
Interview with Doug Smith, Director of Youth Initiatives
Read his full interview here.
God's Grace
Listen to Noel Delgadillo as he talks about "God's Grace" during our Pentecost Celebration.
Publications by Brothers
Featured here are the books written or edited by our brothers.
  • ‘I thank God for the life and witness of the Servants of the Word, whose quiet, kind, humble and prayerful example in contemporary forms of monasticism continues to be such a blessing to so many people.’

    Pete Greig
    Pete Greig 24/7 Prayer Movement
  • "I count it a great blessing to have the Servants of the Word ministering in the City of Detroit. Their work on behalf of unity among all Christians, and their ministry with young people and families, are a great source of life and inspiration to many."

    Archbishop Allen Vigneron
    Archbishop Allen Vigneron Detroit
  • "The Servants of the Word are one of the most dynamic new monastic movements in the worldwide Church. As a new student in London, they were one of the strongest spiritual influences in the growth of my own faith because of their openness and commitment to nurturing young vocations."

    The Venerable Roger Preece
    The Venerable Roger Preece Archdeacon of St. Helens and Warrington
  • "The Servants of the Word is truly an authentic Ecumenical brotherhood. While living in community as brothers in Christ they, both Catholics and Protestants, adhere faithfully to the teachings and practices of their respective denominations."

    Fr. Thomas Weinandy O.F.M. Cap.
    Fr. Thomas Weinandy O.F.M. Cap.
  • "I have known Mark Whitters for many years as a friend and colleague, as we both teach in the Department of History and Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University.  Mark is outstanding in his dedication to teaching and mentoring students."

    Dr. Ronald K. Delph
    Dr. Ronald K. Delph Professor of History Eastern Michigan University
  • "The work ethic of the brothers is impeccable and a source of conviction in my own efforts.  More importantly however, they have shown a keen understanding of the importance of family life and our individual lives outside of the business itself."

    Dave Flanagan
    Dave Flanagan Employee Servant Systems Inc.
  • "These men have been so instrumental in many ways in building God's kingdom in this world. They have quietly touched thousands of lives, including my life and my family."

    Jeff Smith
    Jeff Smith President The Word Among Us
  • “I am delighted and honored to heartily endorse the dear brothers of the Servants of the Word and especially their very significant ministries with college students through University Christian Outreach. They build deeply meaningful relationships with many college students, invite them to know God personally, and help teach, shape and form them for lives of discipleship and service in God’s kingdom."

    Cal Jen
    Cal Jen Associate Professor Calvin College Grand Rapids
  • "I have known Dr. Mark Whitters for approximately fifteen years. I have to come to know him as a teacher by visiting his class and found it exemplary.  I find him a meticulous scholar."

    Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur
    Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur Professor Emerita Department of History and Philosophy Eastern Michigan University
  • "Perhaps what I most value is how their prophetic call speaks a radical word of hope to a hungry generation."

    Paul Jordan
    Paul Jordan Director Kairos - Europe and Middle East