Embracing the transforming power of the Gospel, we communicate the Word of God to all people through media in the spirit of the Society of the Divine Word.
Wordnet is a Catholic television ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word to all. We strive to reach a common ground with people of all faiths while reflecting Christ’s commitment to the poor.
The ministry, a non-profit corporation, was founded by late Father Michael Manning, SVD, in 1978. He was a member of the Society of the Divine Word, an international missionary community with 6,000 members serving in 72 countries. The community is dedicated to preaching Jesus among the poor. Wordnet reflects this vision by regularly telling the story of God working through all people and the struggles of the poor.
Wordnet believes that digital evangelization and catechesis are the wave not only of the future but of now! WordNet TV (WNTV) is the new initiative from Wordnet Productions bringing the message of Christ to the comfort of your home through cutting edge Internet technology. The webcasting channel will be available 24/7 across the Globe. Employing user-friendly technology, WNTV delivers programs to smart TVs and all other smart devices.
Scripture-focused and Youth / young adult oriented
Bible stories through puppets
Preaching / reflection / prayer
Teaching: moral / pastoral / doctrinal
Missions and Mission activities from around the world
Music: religious / spiritual / vocal / instrumental
iGod TODAY and Dios Habla apps each day
Multifaith / ecumenical dialog
Film: showings and reviews; shorts and features
Events calendar: Church / local / ministries
Weekly news hour And more . . .
Besides the website (wordnettv.net) the channel is available through Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Android TV, that is, Amazon Fire TV, Mi Box etc., for all smart devices and smart TVs.
Wordnet implements the Church’s mandate of interfaith dialog by building bridges of hospitality and understanding through collaborative media production. To this end, Wordnet Productions studio offers a convenient and conducive platform for such activity.
The facilities of Wordnet Productions are available for utilization by local dioceses to encourage increasing use of the media by the Catholic Church for evangelization and catechesis, particularly among the diverse population of Southern California
From the beginning, Wordnet has sustained its ministry through the prayers and contributions of benefactors. Join us to bring Christ’s love, reconciliation and life to millions of people through television.
Board of Directors
Patrick O’Reilly, Chair
Fr. Soney Sebastian.SVD
Gerald (Jerry) Colapinto
Fr. Jon Kirby, SVD
Fr. Pavol Sochulak, SVD
Fr. Biju Thomas, SVD
- Father Biju Thomas
- Biju Thomas, SVD, is the President and Director of Production. He comes with a wide range of experience in media and communication. He manages the production and post production of all the programs and the organization of its distribution to the networks and the internet. He also manages the social media activities of Wordnet.
- Father Soney Sebastian
Soney Sebastian, SVD, is the Executive Director of Production. He is a Divine Word Missionary Priest with a wide range of experience in media and production. He manages all production and syndication of the programs for distribution to various satellite and diocesan networks. He also supervises the operation and maintenance of Wordnet studios and editing suites.
- Father Akhil Thomas
Fr. Akhil Thomas, SVD, is the Associate Director of Wordnet. Fr. Akhil was ordained as a Divine Word Missionary Priest in 2020 in India. He earned a degree in theology from Jnana Deepa, Institute for Philosophy and Theology, Pune, India. He exercised his media skills in different video projects for several years. His passion for media and communication reached him to Wordnet Productions and is actively involved in production and post production activities. This fresh young mind enhances the ministry with creative ideas of production and publication.
- Sister Pat
Patricia Phillips, SHCJ is the Executive Director of Wordnet. A religious sister belonging to the order of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, she has a great knowledge and experience in organizational, leadership and management skills. She oversees the staff and management of the ministry. Working closely with the Board of Directors she plans new strategies to get the message of Wordnet out to more and more people.
- Sister Jeanne
Jeanne Harris, OP, is the Communication Specialist of Wordnet Productions. A member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Sr. Jeanne is in charge of the direct mail, grants, and written correspondence.
- Anna Hamilton
Anna Hamilton is the Managing Director for Wordnet. She received her Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas. She brings a wealth of knowledge of pastoral ministry, administrative and leadership skills. She has recorded, coordinated and developed videos with Wordnet over the last 15 years. She will work closely with the staff and strategize for the growth of the programs and ministries. She is a devoted wife and a caregiver for her mother. Her favorite quote to live by is from St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “Live Simply that others May Simply Live”.
Dolores Ongkingco is the Director of Finance. She comes with much experience and many qualifications. She is in charge of the budget, audit, and all things financial. Dolores began with Wordnet in July 2009.
- Cecilia Negrete
Cecilia joined our staff on September 1, 2021 as Office Assistant. She oversees our social media, posts donations and acknowledges gifts received. She does various jobs around the office as the need arises. Her many skills and ability fit her well for this position. We heartily welcome Cecilia to our Wordnet Family.
Wordnet Productions Inc
532 North D St, San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 383-4333 (888) 496-7363