As Salvatorians we describe our charism, mission, spirituality and identity by stating that these elements are all inseparably related to one another. Charism and mission are two sides of the same coin, which are lived out in spirituality. Identity is the composite of specific Salvatorian characteristics that we recognise in ourselves and by which we are recognised by others.
The founding charism is the specific gift of the Holy Spirit given to Fr Francis Jordan for the Church and the world. It is rooted especially in four biblical texts that are key to his life and work. They are at the core of the charism he communicates to all Salvatorians.
And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.
And he said to them, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.”
But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendour of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.
Key elements found in these foundational texts by which we are called and empowered are:
- to live eternal life
- to know the one true God and the one He sends, Jesus Christ
- to follow in the footsteps of the apostles
- to make disciples of all nations
- to lead others to eternal truth and justice
- to proclaim the universality of Christ’s message
- to be able to discern the signs of the times
We Salvatorians are sent in mission to announce through our lives and actions the gospel message as contained in the key elements of the charism:
- to make known the Saviour
- to work for the fullness of life or salvation
- to lead others to a conscious awareness of God
- to support one another in our apostolic commitment
- to involve others in the mission
- to emphasize the role of the lay apostle
- to proclaim the message to all people, everywhere and at all times, and to do this through whatever ways and means the love of Christ inspires
Salvatorian Spirituality is the way Salvatorians live out our charism and mission in a concrete day-to-day way. Specific elements of this spirituality are:
- knowing God, that is, experiencing God as the centre of our lives
- trusting in Divine Providence, living holiness as a vocation and helping others to do the same
- manifesting the goodness and kindness of the Saviour
- being people of prayer
- being poor in spirit
- having apostolic zeal
- living out truth, justice, solidarity, and faithfulness
- being willing to bear the cross for the sake of the mission
- loving inclusively
- following the example of Mary by making the Saviour known
- loving the Church
- living the simplicity of the children of God
We identify ourselves as Salvatorians by the way we live out our charism, mission and spirituality both individually and as a group. We are bonded together in mutual commitment to be the incarnated expression of these key elements through which others are able to identify us as Salvatorians.
Our whole life is based upon our unity with Christ. We constantly deepen this unity by:
- celebrating the Liturgy
- meditating the Word of God
- personal and communal prayer
- offering our life into the service of salvation
- seeing and meeting Jesus in every person and everyday events
God speaks to us through His word contained in the Bible. God’s word strengthens our faith, hope and love. We accept God’s word with gratitude and meditate upon it in order that we may understand it better, live it out in our lives and announce it to others.
Jesus gives us an example of prayer. Father Jordan reminds us that we should be people of prayer. Because of this we appreciate prayer. Our individual and community prayer includes daily meditations as well as prayers which are most profitable.
Patrons of our Society
The Society is dedicated to the Divine Saviour. The Patrons of our Society are:
- Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Saviour
- the Apostles
- St Michael the Archangel
- St Joseph
Patronal Feasts of our Society
The titular feast of our Society is the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour. The principal Marian feast is that of Mother of the Saviour (11th October). We celebrate our foundation day on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8th December) on which day we renew our commitment to God in the Society. We also venerate Mary as Queen of the Apostles. We observe the feasts of our patrons and we commemorate the feast of Blessed Mary of the Apostles (5th September) and the anniversary of our Founder’s death (8th September).