2020 Francis Jordan

Towards the beatification

2019 School for Formators

Forming Apostles for our time
Pastoral Letter


Dear confreres, I send you warm greetings from our Motherhouse in Rome. Since the end of the General Chapter held in Germany, I have often asked myself: What can we do so that the “Declaration of Priorities” of the XIX General Chapter does not remain just a document? What could we do so that the decisions adopted will not only bear fruit, but abundant fruit? Furthermore, which inner attitudes can encourage us today, as Salvatorians, in our mission of making Jesus Christ known by the best means available?

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Fr. Francis Jordan SDS

It was Gurtweil, a small place in southwestern Baden, just a few kilometers from the district town of Waldshut, close to the Swiss border, that became the hometown of Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, founder of the Salvatorians. Father Jordan was born on June 16, 1848, second son to Lawrence and Notburga nee Peter. On the following day he was baptized at the local parish church with the name John Baptist.

Being brought up in a poor family, he was not able to realize his dream of becoming a priest, although as a teenager he had already become aware of his vocation at the moment of his First Communion. After finishing primary school he worked as a laborer and painter-decorator, traveling in what was then Germany.

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