Fr. Jordan instilled in his spiritual sons and daughters a deep concern for the welfare of others, rooted in the values of human dignity and evangelization. The fundamental principle of Catholic Social Teaching is the sacredness of human life and dignity.
Before it was politically correct to be inclusive, Fr. Jordan envisioned a collaborative community of women and men from all walks of life sent out to serve all people, regardless of nationality, language, or status. Today all of us are called to continue to break down the walls that blind us to the human dignity of those we call “other.” For Fr. Jordan and his Salvatorian community, this mission was accomplished by leading all people to the life-giving knowledge of God and the justice which such knowledge demands of us (see Daniel 12:3 and John 17:3). Pope Francis reminds us that “the joy of the Gospel is for all people: No one can be excluded.” A necessary part of evangelization is to speak the Gospel truth to those individuals and institutions that use and abuse the world’s resources at the expense of the poor and powerless.
At St. Pius X Parish we work to achieve Fr. Jordan’s vision with our justice and peace outreach, the food pantry, St. Ben’s meal program, immigrant family support, habitat for humanity, building wells in Tanzania, and countless other projects.