Soverdia House is the youngest of the (present) five SVD communities in the spacious Gyan Ashram Campus, on the Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai – behind Sacred Heart Church and along the side of St Arnold’s School. The foundation stone for Soverdia House was laid on 5th September 1999 by Very Rev. Fr. Henry Barlage SVD, the then Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word. Rev. Fr. Gregory Pinto SVD, then provincial superior of India, Mumbai province, blessed and formally inaugurated the House three years later, on 8th September, 2002 – to be exact. However, it took some more time to occupy the House as it was not furnished yet, nor the work completed by then due to financial constraints.
Soverdia is primarily a transit-house for the Indian SVD missionaries abroad, as well as all the SVDs in transit through Mumbai, and so has necessarily the office of the Superior Delegate (who is in charge of the Indian SVDs abroad). It is also meant to be the house of the retirees of the SVD India-Mumbai Province. Right now there are five retirees, Arch Bishop Raphael Cheenath SVD, Emeritus Archbishop of Cuttak Bhubaneswar is one of them. In addition to these retirees, there are another six confreres who are involved in certain ministries are also residing at Soverdia House. Thirdly, it is also a house for the sick SVD members. So expatriate SVDs, as also members from all the five Indian provinces, who come to Mumbai for specialized medical treatment, rest and recuperation, find themselves at home in Soverdia. Accordingly, Soverdia is homely and spacious, with some fifteen rooms for double-occupancy, besides the dining and conference halls. This is in addition to the rooms and offices of the eleven resident members. When these rooms are not in SVD use, they are available for paying-guest accommodation. The Chapel of Soverdia has a special appeal. For it has the right atmosphere and ambience for quiet prayer. So some neighbours and well-wishers drop in for personal prayer..
Right now, Soverdia houses three offices: the office of the Superior Delegate, office of the All India Soverdia Sangam Trust, and office of the Benefactor’s Department. Confreres in charge of SarvaSevaSangh (SSS) are also residing at Soverdia House.
Gyan Ashram Campus,
Mahakali Caves Road,
Mumbai – 400 093