FATHER FRANCIS MARY of the CROSS
JORDAN, founder of
the Salvatorians, will be beatified May 15, 2021, at the Archbasilica of St.
John Lateran in
Blessed was named Johann Baptist Jordan after his birth in 1848 in Gurtweil, a
town in the modern-day German state of Baden-Württemberg at the edge of the
But stirred by the anti-Catholic “Kulturkampf,” which attempted to restrict the Church’s activities, he began to study for the priesthood.
On July 21, 1878
Still, he was sensing that something
else was in store for his future. He began thinking about ways to renew
spirituality and restore interest in religion. In September 1880, Father Johann met privately with Pope Leo XIII in the
that God was calling him to found a new apostolic work in the Church. Following
a trip to the Middle East, he sought to establish a community of religious
and lay people in
Working several years with Therese von Wüllenweber, now known as Blessed Mary
of the Apostles since her 1968 beatification, they founded a community of women
in their shared cause. On December 8, 1888, Father
Father Francis and Mother Mary shared a vision to bring lay women and men into their work and mission as well, but at that time it didn’t fit the vision of the Church. Not until after the Second Vatican Council closed in 1965 was the dream of Father Francis and Mother Mary fully realized. In the early 1970s, the first Lay Salvatorians made their formal commitment.
Today, more than two thousand Salvatorians around the world continue the mission of Bl. Francis and Bl. Mary: To proclaim the goodness and kindness of Jesus, the Divine Savior, by all ways and means the love of God inspire
the First World War forced him to leave
two lay members of the Salvatorians in
was born in a healthy condition on Sept. 8, 2014, the Feast of the Nativity of
the Blessed Virgin Mary and the anniversary of