Celso Cardinal Costantini, the first Apostolic Delegate to China, founded the Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord ( Congregatio Discipulorum Domini - CDD ) in 1927. Soon some from the local clergy of various provinces came to join the Community. Then a religious house was founded in Beijing.
Soon after the foundation of the religious order, the Second World War broke out. Unfortunately, the communists had riots in the whole country at the same time. So the development of the religious order was greatly affected.
The general house was finally moved to Shanghai and Taipei subsequently, due to the riots; and the great number of the religious members were sent to several countries, such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States of America and Italy.
In 1957, some members of the C.D.D. Fathers were invited to Bentong in Pahang, Malaysia to take charge of the Catholic High School and several parishes in the Pahang State.
C.D.D. Fathers have built a magnificent church as well as a religious house together with a minor seminary in Petaling Jaya and Malacca.
At present the C.D.D. has a religious house in Rome and a General House in Taiwan with a novitiate affiliated to it.
In some other countries, there are Regional religious houses, novitiates, retreat houses, and schools of different levels. Some of the members serve in universities, high and elementary schools as administrators or professors. Periodicals and various types of books have been published and distributed for nearly forty years.