Salvatorian Fathers, SDS "That all may know the Savior"
Fr. Francis Jordan, Founder
Religious and apostolic, international society founded
by Fr. Francis Jordan in 1881. We Salvatorians are called to follow Jesus
Christ, the Divine Savior, by living as community within the universal Church
for apostolic service.
Pope John Paul II kneels in prayer at the tomb of Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan
The Salvatorian Fathers whose mission compels them to share their call to be apostles with people from all walks of life, are engaged in apostolic activities in 33 countries - in all the continents of the world. They serve in many of the Diocese of Metuchen churches including, as you know, ours. If you appreciate all the work the fathers do in our churches, you can show it by making a donation to the Salvatorian Fathers Mission to keep their work unending. Please be as generous as possible and help the Salvatorians Fathers, who are so willing to help us to keep our churches from closing.
Prayer for the Beatification of Father Francis Jordan
our Father, you called Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan to be your
apostle, to make you known and loved by all people everywhere, using all the
ways and means your love inspires.
filled him with universal apostolic zeal, with the goodness and the kindness of
the Divine Savior, with a deep trust in God's loving providence, with a
profound spirit of prayer, with a sincere devotion to Mary, Mother of the Savior,
and with the courage to follow you, even into the mystery of the Cross.
us, by his intercession, and according to your will, the graces we ask you...,
hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
make this prayer through Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Pray this prayer when you pray through his intercession:
Savior of the World, You have given your servant Francis the gift of
deep and strong faith, unwavering hope and heroic love for God and
neighbor and a strong desire for the salvation of souls. Count him
already here on earth among your blessed ones and through his
intercession grant us what we humble ask for. Who lives and reigns
forever and ever.
Mission Statement of the Society of the Divine Saviour
We Salvatorians are called to follow Jesus Christ, the Divine Saviour,
by living as community within the universal Church for apostolic
As with our Founder, Fr Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, we
proclaim to all people the salvation which has appeared in Jesus
Christ, so that by the lives we live and in our apostolic activities,
all may come "to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You
have sent" (John 17:3), and have life in all its fullness.
The mission compels us to share our call to be apostles with people
from all walks of life. We are ready to serve all people everywhere, by
all ways and means which the love of Christ inspires. We trust in God's
loving providence in discerning and courageously responding to the
particular signs of the times in each place and age.
Today, these signs urge us to be a prophetic voice for the renewal
of Church and world, by conveying in a contemporary way the values of
the Gospel in dialogue with each culture; by animating lay people to
live their baptismal commitment for Christian leadership, ministry, and
service; by joining the poor in challenging contemporary evils which
frustrate a fully human life, particularly social injustice, poverty
and violence in all their forms. Salvatorians seek to fulfil their
mission by being one with those we serve, manifesting to the world the
goodness and kindness of God our Saviour.
Fr. Francis Jordan & The Salvatorian Order
Father Francis Jordan. 1848-1918. Founder of the Salvatorians
Father Francis Jordan was born in the village of Gurtweil, in the Black
Forest, on 16th June 1848, and baptised the following day with the name
of John Baptist.
Due to his family's great poverty he had to go to work straight after
elementary school. Jordan served in the army and worked on the
construction of the railways and as a painter and decorator. During
this period he saw the great spiritual needs of the ordinary people who
were flocking to the cities to find work in the increasingly
industrialised society of his day and he realised that God was calling
him to do something to meet this spiritual hunger. He resolved to study
for the priesthood but having been out of school for eight years it was
not easy to go back to the classroom. He turned out to be a gifted
student with a particular facility for languages.
John Baptist was eventually ordained a priest on 21st July 1878 but due
to a long struggle between the Church and Bismarck's Germany he was
forbidden by law to take up a parish appointment and so his Bishop sent
him to Rome for further linguistic studies. After his studies Father
Jordan managed to take a trip to Egypt and Palestine to carry
diplomatic messages for the Church authorities and took an extended
break there to further his study of Middle Eastern languages. All
during his studies the idea had grown within him that he must do
something special for God. He realised that he was being drawn to found
some special work, an organisation within the Church that would advance
the work of evangelisation. During his journey to Palestine these ideas
crystallised and he began to draft a rule for his new institute. As he
visited the holy places, his inner call became unmistakable and
sure--he was to found an apostolic work, totally dedicated to the
spreading and deepening of the faith. A Gospel passage that moved,
inspired and motivated him was "Eternal life is this: that they know
you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (John
After much prayer and planning and after receiving the encouragement of
many Bishops and Cardinals, and with Pope Leo XIII's personal blessing,
Father Jordan founded the "Apostolic Teaching Society" on 8th December
1881, in Rome. Although by birth a German, Jordan was most insistent
that his Society should be based in Rome at the heart of the Church.
The actual foundation took place at Santa Brigida in the Piazza
Farnese, near the English College, but not long after he moved to what
is now the Motherhouse of the Society in Via della Conciliazione just
in front of St Peter's Basilica. After some difficulties in 1888, also
on 8th December he was able to found the Sisters' branch of the Society
at Tivoli near Rome.
Blessed Mary of the Apostles (Baroness Therese von Wuellenweber), who
totally shared his apostolic and missionary ideals became the leader of
the new community of Sisters. The Church authorities had some
difficulties with the name of the new Society and in 1894, the men's
branch became known as the Society of the Divine Saviour and the
women's as the Sisters of the Divine Saviour. However, both are simply
called Salvatorians from the Latin word "Salvator" meaning Saviour.
Jordan was soon joined by other like-minded men and women and his two
Societies quickly flourished and spread throughout the world and
between them they are active now in about forty countries and together
number nearly three thousand members with many lay collaborators.
Father Jordan founded his communities on confidence in God and Gospel
poverty. He had a deep devotion to the Blessed Lady under various
titles, Queen of the Apostles, Sorrowful Mother, Mother of the Saviour,
and others. On his desk stood a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. Into her
folded and praying hands he often placed his most urgent written
petitions concerning personnel, spiritual and material needs of his
young communities. Nearby were his many books and dictionaries, aids in
learning and perfecting the more than forty languages that he had
mastered; also in his room there was a globe of the world. Both of
these are witness to his worldwide vision. Images of the Crucified
Saviour and his sorrowing Mother could also be found in his room and in
the community chapel. From such an environment one can begin to
understand how his heart could be so filled with love for God, for His
Christ, for His mother and for the whole world. When Father Jordan
could not be found in his room or in the house he could nearly always
be found in the quiet and prayerful Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the
nearby St. Peter's Basilica. Ever prayerful, he inspired his
communities with a deep apostolic zeal and simple, humble service,
urging them to be ready to use at all times and everywhere all the
means which love for Christ inspires.
He gave personal example of courageous acceptance of hardships and the
Cross, for as he told his first missionaries to Assam, India, "The
works of God flourish only in the shadow of the Cross." Father Jordan
inspired in the members of his Society a deep love of the Divine
Saviour and urged them to imitate his "goodness and kindness" (Titus
3,4). Father Jordan's strength was already consumed by his relentless
commitment to the Salvatorian cause, when the First World War forced
him into exile at Fribourg, Switzerland. He died peacefully on Mary's
birthday, 8th September 1918, in a home for the poor in nearby Tafers,
after a long life profoundly consecrated to God. The nativity of Mary,
whom he venerated with deep and sincere devotion, thus became his
birthday into heaven. To have died on this special Marian feast is
rightly regarded as a confirmation of his life and mission. His remains
are now interred in a special chapel in the Motherhouse of the Society
of the Divine Saviour in Rome.