United in Mission

The Salvatorian Family is an expression of the charism, the gift of the Spirit given to Father Francis Jordan for the Church. We trace our common roots back to the Apostolic Teaching Society, founded by Father Jordan on 8 December 1881 in Rome. Diocesan priests were its first members. Therese von Wüllenweber (later Blessed Mother Mary of the Apostles) committed herself to this Society in 1882. Large numbers of laity of all ages joined this foundation

Today the Salvatorian Family has three autonomous branches:

  • Society of the Divine Saviour,
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour,
  • International Community of the Divine Saviour.

We are united by our commitment to the mission as envisioned by our Founder, forming one family of zealous apostles who announce to all the salvation that has appeared in Jesus Christ. (Titus 3:4)  Just as Father Jordan’s original project evolved over time, we are open to where the Spirit will lead us in the future.

We live our call in equality and complementarity in ways appropriate to our diverse states in life, gifts, and cultures.


Charter of the Salvatorian Family


As long as there is one person on earth
who does not know God
and does not love God above all things,
you dare not allow yourself a moment’s rest. 

As long as God is not everywhere glorified,
you dare not allow yourself a moment’s rest. 

As long as the Queen of heaven and earth
is not everywhere praised,
you dare not allow yourself a moment’s rest. 

No sacrifice, no cross,
no desolation, no trial, no temptation,
oh! absolutely nothing should be too difficult for you
with the help of God’s grace.
I can do all things in God who strengthens me. 

Let no betrayal, no infidelity,
no coldness, no abuse lessen your zeal! 

But everything through God, with God, and for God.
All peoples, races, nations and tongues,
glorify the Lord our God. 

Woe to me, O Lord,
if I do not make you known to men [and women]! 

O Lord, help me, show me the way!
Without you, I can do nothing.
I hope all things from You.
In you, O Lord, I have hoped,
I will not be confounded for ever. 

Pray at all times in the deepest humility
and with the greatest confidence.
Let nothing keep you from it. 

Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan: Spiritual Diary II, 1-2   20 December 1894

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