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The original Salvatorian model, as envisioned by Father Francis Jordan and Mother Mary of the Apostles in the 1880s, was of a society of men and women, -- religious, clergy, and laity. But this model was far ahead of its time and no such community yet existed in the world. The Church was reluctant to give its approval to such an untested model -- and the Salvatorians were directed to minister in the manner that was more familiar to the Church of the 1880s. The priests and brothers became the Society of the Divine Savior. The sisters became the Sisters of the Divine Savior. And those lay persons who had been involved in the work of Father Francis and Mother Mary could no longer be members.

When the Second Vatican Council called religious communities around the world to "return to the vision of their founders," the Salvatorian men and women could once again involve committed lay persons in their mission and ministries -- moving into the forefront of a new call from Vatican II to recognize that ministry in the Church belongs to all the baptized, not just the clergy and religious.

Lay Salvatorians are dedicated persons -- men, women, single, married -- who want to live their faith more openly and share their values in their work. Central to each Lay Salvatorian's commitment is a ministry that involves working with and being of service to others in some direct and significant way.

Like the Salvatorians priests, sisters, and brothers, Lay Salvatorian ministries have a wide range -- each building on the strengths and experiences of the individual member. Lay Salvatorians minister in secular, ecumenical, and parish settings. Their work may involve teaching, parenting, working for social justice and human rights -- or wherever they feel God is calling them to proclaim the Gospel in their lives and in their work.

The formation process of Lay Salvatorians involves meetings and workshops on the history, mission, and vision of the Salvatorian community, answering the baptismal call to minister in the Church and in the world, and living a faith-filled life in the midst of a changing world. As a public statement, Lay Salvatorians make a commitment to the Salvatorian vision and mission. Along with the Sisters, priests, and brothers, the Lay Salvatorians are directly involved in the decisions that guide the Salvatorian family, and the continuing presence of Salvatorian witness in the Church and in the world. Their involvement calls them into close association -- both in prayer and social settings -- with the vowed religious Salvatorians.


For more information on Father Francis Jordan, click HERE

For more information on Blessed Mother Mary of the Apostles, click HERE

For information on Father Bonaventure Luthen, click HERE

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