Society of the Divine Saviour

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of the Society of the Divine Saviour

Pastoral Letter 2023


Fire that lights other fires
Jordan’s apostolic spirit

Fr. Milton Zonta SDS
Superior General

Dear confreres, I send you cordial greetings in Jesus Christ, our Divine Saviour. I am writing this letter to you from the vast country of India, where I am visiting confreres living in the most populous country in the world. India, as we know, is a highly significant archetype of the Salvatorian mission. For it was in these distant lands that the missionary charism that burned in the heart of Blessed Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan was first put into practice. Already as a theology student he had a list of witnesses of great apostolic zeal who served as a source of inspiration for his vocational journey. He wanted to keep alive in his heart the burning and luminous fire of the prophet Elijah, of John the Baptist, of Paul of Tarsus, of Francis Xavier and so many others. Later, he took as his own these annotations of St. Gregory: “He who does not burn, does not set others on fire.” (SD I,186), even the quotation from St. Chrysostom: “A single man inflamed by the zeal of faith is sufficient to correct a whole people.” (SD I,200) and the motto of St. Ignatius: “Go in the name of the Lord and inflame all” (SD II,21).

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Forming Apostles for our time

Bl. 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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Beatification: 15.05.2021
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Bl. Mary of the Apostles
Bl. Mary of the ApostlesFirst Superior of Salvatorian Sisters
Fr. Pancratius Pfeiffer
Fr. Pancratius PfeifferSuccessor to the Founder as General
Fr. Bonaventura Lüthen
Fr. Bonaventura LüthenFirst cooperator of our Founder
Fr. Otto Hopfenmüller
Fr. Otto HopfenmüllerFirst Salvatorian Missionary

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