Who we are sdsgb

The purpose of the Society is to strengthen, to defend and to spread the Catholic faith
everywhere in so far as this is committed to it by Divine Providence.
Therefore, by exercising this ecclesiastical teaching function in word and writing,
it intends to achieve the end that all people might know more and more
the one true God and Him whom He sent, Jesus Christ.
Rule from 1882

The Society of the Divine Saviour, popularly known as the Salvatorians, is an international,religious, congregation of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church, founded in Rome,December 8, 1881, by the Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan.

Today members of the Society are engaged in apostolic activities in 40 countries all over the world. We are part of a Salvatorian Family that includes religious sisters (Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour) and laity (International Community of the Divine Saviour).


The Salvatorian Family is an expression of the charism, the gift of the Spirit given to Father Jordan for the Church. We trace our common roots back to the Apostolic Teaching Society, founded by Father Jordan on 8 December 1881 in Rome. Diocesan priests were its first members. Therese von WĂŒllenweber (later Blessed Mother Mary of the Apostles) committed herself to this Society in 1882. Large numbers of laity of all ages joined this foundation Today the Salvatorian Family has three autonomous branches:

  • Society of the Divine Saviour,
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour,
  • International Community of the Divine Saviour.

We are united by our commitment to the mission as envisioned by our Founder, forming one family of zealous apostles who announce to all the salvation that has appeared in Jesus Christ. (Titus 3:4) Just as Father Jordan’s original project evolved over time, we are open to where the Spirit will lead us in the future.
We live our call-in equality and complementarity in ways appropriate to our diverse states in life, gifts, and cultures.