The Lay Salvatorian Program began
in the early 1970s as a small group of men and women who wanted to explore
and live out the Gospel demands of ministry, service, love, and leadership by
sharing more deeply in the life and work of Salvatorians. Today, there are lay members in many areas
of the world where Salvatorian priests, brothers, and sisters are working. Lay Salvatorians both enrich and are enriched by the
Salvatorians in their work and in their lives. Salvatorians are finally realizing the
dream that Francis Jordan conceived many years ago; to mobilize the laity and
religious to work together in spreading the Gospel Message.
Lay Salvatorians are Catholic men and women committed to the Salvatorian mission
and charism. Some are married and have
become members as a couple. Others have chosen the single lifestyle to live
out their commitment. We are all
ages. Some of us joined when we had
young families. We are now beginning to receive second generation members as
well as other young people drawn to our way of living out the Gospel Values.
We mirror our vowed counterparts in that we come from all walks of life. We are diversified in our professions as well as our
ministries. We are parents, teachers,
homemakers, business people, office workers, nurses, administrators, social
workers, and volunteers. We minister
in our jobs, in our families, and in parishes and secular settings. We also serve within the Salvatorian
community itself. A very important
component of being a Lay Salvatorian is close contact with other
Salvatorians, both religious and lay.
This is a constant source of mutual growth and support. We build
community with other Salvatorians in a given locale and with the wider
Society and Congregation through shared presence at Liturgies, retreats,
workshops, chapters, socials, and government.
We become Lay Salvatorians because we are looking for a fuller expression of
our Christianity. We receive support
and are enabled and empowered in our lives as Christians. We also realize the value of religious and
laity working together and feel called to further Jordan's vision through
mutual evangelization. We feel that we
are making a difference in the lives of other Salvatorians. The sense of community and charism as
expressed by Salvatorians is important to us.
As Lay Salvatorians we commit ourselves to one another and to all
Salvatorians. We share the vision and mission of the
community and make a formal commitment.
Interaction between religious and laity is a constant source of mutual
growth and support. We have shared
origins and visions in that we accept Francis Jordan's and Mother Mary's
dream of working together and "spreading the word of Christ by all means
possible.” We also have the same sense
of hospitality, acceptance, and love found in Salvatorians worldwide. While we are an integral part of the
community and fully participating, canonically we do not have a vote in the
government of the Society or Congregation.
We also serve on committees and commissions. The governing body of the Lay Salvatorians in
the United States is the Lay Salvatorian National Board. This Board provides leadership and
direction and is the decision making body for the Lay Salvatorians. There is close collaboration between the Lay Salvatorian
National Board and the leadership teams of the Society and Congregation.
Lay Salvatorians commit to live the Salvatorian vocation and mission as lay
persons in the spirit of Father Jordan and Mother Mary. We are called to become apostles and integral
members of the Salvatorian family.