Bl. Francis Jordan

Founder of the Salvatorians

Blessed Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan

Father Francis Jordan was born on 16 June 1848 in Gurtweil, a small town in the archdiocese of Freiburg (Germany). After ordination to the priesthood on 21 July 1878, he was sent to Rome, where he spent most part of his life.

Motivated by the apostolic zeal and desire to make Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, known and loved by all people, everywhere, he founded the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) in 1881 and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorian Sisters) in 1888. He also organized groups of lay people to take part in the Church´s mission of evangelization using all ways and means. He died on 8 September 1918 in Tafers in Switzerland.

Solemn beatification of Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan took place on 15th May 2021 at the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran (Rome). His feast is celebrated on 21 July.


O God of love and kindness,
we give you thanks for raising up for your people
the inspiring example of
Blessed Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan.
Please hear our prayer,
that through his intercession,
we may be granted the grace to respond
to our apostolic vocation with zeal and trust, as he did.
Give us the courage to embrace our call
like Blessed Francis Jordan,
with the desire to save all people.
Enlighten us to be united in mission
so that all may know, love, and serve our Divine Saviour.
We pray this through Jesus Christ, who lives with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.


Lord God, it is your will that everyone be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. We ask you to send out labourers into your harvest. Let them announce your Word courageously, so that your Good News may radiate everywhere, and all peoples may know you, the one true God, and Him whom you have sent, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you forever. Amen

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