VIVAT International is a Non-Governmental Organization with a membership of more than 17,000 from 12 Catholic Religious Congregations, working in 121 countries to promote human rights through advocacy at international and local levels. VIVAT International has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC).


Membership in VIVAT International consists of the following:

Founding Congregations:

The Founding Congregations of VIVAT International are the two congregations that formed VIVAT International in November 2000, namely, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS). By virtue of their membership in these two congregations, all their members are Founding Members of VIVAT International.


Member Congregations:

All the members of these congregations, by virtue of their membership in their respective congregations, are Members of VIVAT International.

Associate Member Congregation

Other individuals, groups, or organizations may be recognized by or affiliated with VIVAT International in so far as they are related to the above congregations and upon the recommendation of the competent authority of the respective congregations.