Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Fathers of the Society of the Divine Saviour, or the Salvatorians

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Mixed. Under Simple Vows. Founded 1881. Motto: Oreducate Evangelium omni Creature.

This Congregation was founded by a zealous German priest, Father John Baptist Jordan, in 1881, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, in Rome. The holy founder was deeply impressed by the infidelity and wickedness of the age, and by the misery and crime he saw around him, and founded the Society of the Divine Saviour to cope with all these evils. The members unite the active with the contemplative life, and labour with apostolic zeal for the glory of God and His holy Church, and the salvation of man. The nature and mission of the Society are indicated by its name: it aims at furthering the interests of Our Divine Saviour on earth in every possible way. The watchwords of it are, the glory of God, Mary’s exaltation, man’s salvation; and to promote these ends the Society will use all possible and lawful means; and, according to the idea of the founder, is to be absolutely universal in its activity in both Christian countries and foreign missions.

The patrons of the Society, which professes to be, above all, an Apostolic Order, are Our Blessed Lady, under her title of Queen of the Apostles, and the Holy Apostles as primary, Saint Joseph and Saint Michael as secondary patrons.

The Society will labour in all quarters of the globe, and will not exclude from its activity any country or nation; it hopes to receive new members from all nations and races. It now numbers about 400 members, of whom 150 are priests, the others being scholastics, novices, lay-Brothers, oblates, and candidates. The mother- house is in Rome, where, for the present, the novitiate, which lasts a year, is made. The Society has, besides the mother-house, about thirty-five other establishments in different parts of the world, where the members work in eighteen different languages; this includes about fifteen colleges. The Society is divided into three Orders: the first consists of priests and lay-Brothers, the second of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour, and the third of lay-co-operators and promoters.

The holy founder is the present (1903) Superior-General.

The Divine Office will be recited daily in choir in the houses of the Society, and the public services of the Church will be carried out with all that pomp and majesty which belong to the Catholic ritual, and the members honour with a very special devotion the most Holy Virgin, Mother of God.

The habit is black with a white collar-band. A black woollen girdle with four knots at the ends is worn round the waist, and a rosary suspended from it; out of doors a black cloak with a pilgrim’s band is worn over the habit. In tropical countries, where, on account of the heat, it is customary to wear white clothing, a white habit and cloak and a red girdle are worn instead of black.

The members of the first Order consist of priests and lay-Brothers. The Fathers are engaged especially in the following works: In educating young members in the different colleges, in the management of a large colony of young convicts, in directing an agricultural and technical school and homes for students, in taking charge of parishes and missions, in assisting the secular clergy in parish work, and by giving parochial missions and spiritual retreats. Besides these works, some of the Fathers are engaged in foreign missions and in literary work. The Society publishes eight periodicals, which are printed at its own presses. The lay-Brothers are engaged in domestic and agricultural work, in printing, in the conveyance of periodicals, and in exercising and teaching various trades and handicrafts.

The first house of the Society in the British Isles has been opened at Wealdstone, near Harrow, Middlesex, where at the same time the Fathers have started a Catholic mission for this growing industrial place and the surrounding district; at present three Fathers and one lay- Brother are stationed here.

Postulants are received from fourteen to thirty years of age; cleric postulants usually pay a certain small sum annually, during their training, but young men of limited or no means are, so far as the funds will allow, also received if they have a real vocation for the religious life.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “Fathers of the Society of the Divine Saviour, or the Salvatorians”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2018. Web. 14 December 2018. <>