Miracle Child: Fr. Jordan's Intercession
Pope Francis declared on June 19, 2020, that a miraculous healing was worked by God through the intercession of our founder, Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan. We are now able to share more details of this miracle which has paved the way for our founder to be called “Blessed.”
A young couple, who were expecting a baby in 2014 in Jundiai, Brazil, was informed by several medical doctors and specialists that their unborn child was suffering an incurable bone disease (skeletal dysplasia). Being members of a group of Lay Salvatorians, the parents began to pray through the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Francis Jordan, inviting other members of the Salvatorian Family to join them. The child was born completely healthy on September 8, 2014, the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Mother and the anniversary of Fr. Francis Jordan’s death.
“Fr. Jordan valued universality, inclusiveness and collaboration as essential to the mission of proclaiming the Gospel throughout the world. This is just as true in our times as it was in the late 19th century,” said Fr. Jeff Wocken SDS, USA provincial of the Society of the Divine Savior. “His beatification will reaffirm for the for skeletal dysplasiaonditional mercy and providence of God.”
What is skeletal dysplasia?
According to the Children's National organization, “Skeletal dysplasia describes a category of rare genetic disorders that affect bones and joints and hinder children's growth and development. The disorder causes abnormally shaped bones, especially in the head, spine and long bones of the arms and legs.” Though there is treatment for skeletal dysplasia, there is no cure.