The term Salvatorians refers to members of the Society of the Divine Savior, a religious institute of the Catholic Church with priests, deacons, brothers, and clerics serving in more than 40 countries throughout world. The title "Divine Savior" is a reference to Jesus Christ. The patrons are Mary, mother of Jesus, under her title "Mother of the Savior," the Apostles, Saint Michael the Archangel, and Saint Joseph. The patronal feast of the Society of the Divine Savior is Christmas Day.
The "Salvatorian Family" also includes the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour and the Lay Salvatorians, officially the International Community of the Divine Savior. The Society was founded by Venerable Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan in Rome on December 8, 1881. Salvatorians use the post-nominal letters "S.D.S.".
Spirituality and Mission
In keeping with the spiritual vision of Father Francis Jordan, the Salvatorians are prepared to serve in any place, spreading the Gospel "by all ways and means." Their work is not limited to one particular activity, but members serve as pastors, catechists and teachers, home and foreign missionaries, authors, musicians, counselors, spiritual directors, and many other areas of ministry. Ultimately, their goal is to proclaim salvation to all people, that all may know "the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3).
The "Constitution" of the Society of the Divine Savior specifies that "Salvatorian life is apostolic and is the expression of the love of Christ urging us to spend ourselves for the salvation of all people... We proclaim Jesus Christ to all people by all ways and means which the love of Christ inspires, especially through the witness of our lives, our kindness, and our apostolic zeal. In fulfilling this ministry we always respect human dignity, and we are ready to serve all people without distinction" (§201-202).
Salvatorian priests and brothers have been serving in the United States since 1892 and can be found providing a variety of ministries in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin; the United States Province is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
SOFIA is an acronym for the Salvatorian Office for International Aid which works alongside the Salvatorians in order to increase the impact and sustainability of the community's projects.
Established in 2008, SOFIA supports Salvatorian initiatives in health, education, rural development, and pastoral formation.
- Blessed Mary of the Apostles, foundress of the Sisters of the Divine Savior
- Otto Hopfenmüller (d. 1890), Salvatorian missionary to India.
- Bernhard (Bonaventure) Lüthen (d. 1911), early Salvatorian and collaborator of Father Jordan.
- Melchior Geser, a German Salvatorian priest, who was killed by Communist bandits at the Salvatorian mission in Kienning, in China's Fujian Province, on June 11, 1931. He is honored as the first Salvatorian martyr.
- Gertrude Ludwig and Agnieszka Falkus, Salvatorian Sisters killed by the Nazis on January 22, 1945, "in defense of chastity"
- Pancratrius (Markus) Pfeiffer (d. 1945), second Superior General of the Society and honored as the "Angel of Rome" because of his courageous acts of charity during World War II.
- Heribert Aloysius Theodor Winkler (d. 1967), first superior of the Apostolic Prefecture of Shaowu, China
- Bonaventura Josef Schweizer (d. 1968), fifth Superior General of the Society and "Council Father" of the first, second, and third sessions of the Second Vatican Council
- Maurinus Rast (d. 1969), sixth Superior General of the Society and "Council Father" of the fourth session of the Second Vatican Council
- Afonso de Oliveira Lima (d. 1994), first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brejo, Brazil
- Arnold Ralph Cotey (d. 1998), American missionary and first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lindi, Tanzania
- Bishop Charles Mahuza Yava (b. 1960), first Apostolic Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of the Comoros Archipelago
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- Society of the Divine Savior - Official web site
- Society of the Divine Savior - United States Province
- The Website of the Lay Salvatorians
- SOFIA/The Salvatorian Office of International Aid
- "Society of the Divine Savior". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
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