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Life of Fr Francis Jordan

It was Gurtweil, a small place in southwestern Baden, just a few kilometers from the district town of Waldshut, close to the Swiss border, that became the hometown of Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, founder of the Salvatorians. Father Jordan was born on June 16, 1848, second son to Lawrence and Notburga nee Peter. On the following day he was baptized at the local parish church with the name John Baptist.

Being brought up in a poor family, he was not able to realize his dream of becoming a priest, although as a teenager he had already become aware of his vocation at the moment of his First Communion. After finishing primary school he worked as a laborer and painter-decorator, traveling in what was then Germany. He noticed the difficult spiritual situation of his homeland and of the other European countries. The people would turn away from God and leave the faith. The Church was limited in performing its mission by the state (Kulturkampf). All these experiences made Jordan's faith stronger and his conviction of being called to the priesthood clearer. He finally decided to follow his vocation and to begin studies in theology. In 1869 he started private lessons with his priest friends in Waldshut; after that, he studied at the gymnasium in Constance. The time of secondary studies required much effort from Jordan but, at the same time, despite his difficulties with sciences, he developed his talent for languages. For the graduation exam he presented an essay in eight European languages and another one in four other languages.



Beatification Process

After his death Father Jordan was buried in the parish church in Tafers, Switzerland. In 1956 his earthly remains were exhumed and transferred to the Salvatorian Motherhouse in Rome, where he spent a significant part of his life. The process for his beatification was introduced in 1942, and in 2011 the Decree on the Heroicity of Virtues was published.

A diocesan inquiry into a presumed miracle through the intercession of Father Jordan is under way in Jundiaí, Brazil. Good news from the Postulation Office...

Many cases of graces received through the intercession of Father Francis have been noted so far. Information on any graces received through the intercession of Father Jordan should be directed to:


Postulation Office of the Salvatorians
Via della Conciliazione 51
00193 Rome, Italy
tel. +39 06 686 291
fax +39 06 686 29 400

Become Great Before God

The Society of the Divine Savior's Generalate invited USA Provincial, Fr. Joe Rodrigues, to host a film documentary  on Father Francis Jordan's life, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death. Studio Katolik of the Polish Province, in collaboration with a director and writer from Los Angeles, have come together through the sponsorship of the Generalate to produce this documentary which we pray will profoundly capture the life and spirit of our founder.

Filming began in September 2017 on location in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.  Fr. Joe and the Katolik Production Team worked to complete filming in Jerusalem - the Holy Land in January 2018. The production will have its debut at the SDS-M General Chapter in August 2018.

...Until then, enjoy these photos and a trailer...

#BecomeGreatBeforeGod #Salvatorians #AllWaysAndMeans # FrFrancisJordan




Founder's Tomb

The tomb of Fr. Jordan is located in a chapel on the first floor of the Salvatorian Motherhouse in Rome.  He died on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 1918, in Tafers, Switzerland, where he lived after having to leave Rome because of World War I.  In 1956 his earthly remains were exhumed and transported to Rome to be placed in the Motherhouse where he had lived from 1882 to 1915.

In 2002 a relic of Blessed Mary of the Apostles (Therese von Wüllenweber), a spiritual daughter of Father Jordan and the first Superior General of the Salvatorian Sisters, was placed in the chapel next to the tomb of Father Francis.

The tomb of Father Francis is venerated by his spiritual sons and daughters, as well as by faithful from around the world. On March 19, 1999, Pope John Paul II prayed at the tomb of the Founder.

We invite you to visit Father’s Jordan tomb.
Please contact us in advance so we can welcome you.

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