Venerable Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan is the founder of the Salvatorians—a religious community of sisters, priests, brothers, and lay members, ministering in more than 40 countries.
The month of September is significant for Salvatorians as we remember Father Jordan’s death on September 8, 1918, as well as the Sept. 5 feast day of Blessed Mary of the Apostles (a close collaborator with Father Jordan in beginning the sisters’ congregation). We set aside one week in early September as “Jordan Awareness Week” in order to make this very holy man and his remarkable and timely message better known. In the face of uncertainty and instability, he lived a deep trust in Divine Providence. In a time of nationalism, he promoted universality. In spite of taboos of the day, he encouraged collaboration between women and men, ordained, religious, and lay, to advance the mission of the Church. And in the midst of growing secularization, he sought to employ all ways and means to proclaim the goodness and kindness of the Savior to all people.
The message is always God’s Word-Incarnate, Jesus Christ. Father Jordan was one of God’s faithful messengers and his spiritual children, the Salvatorians, endeavor to carry out that mission, adapting to our times. May we all strive to proclaim God’s message to the world, using all ways and means the Spirit of God inspires.