The Lay Salvatorians were developed and sponsored by the
North American Province of the Society of the Divine Savior (and later joined
by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior) as part of the
Society's renewal after the Second Vatican Council.
Lay Salvatorians explore and live out the Gospel demands of ministry,
service, and love within the context of the larger Salvatorian family. Father Francis Jordan, founder of the Society of the
Divine Savior (Salvatorians), turned to lay people for help long before many
others thought to do so. From the very beginning,
Fr. Jordan and Mother Mary saw clearly that lay people had an important and
essential part to play in the Church. These concepts
are still vitally important in today's world. Fr.
Jordan wanted to mobilize the entire Catholic world and all its resources. He wanted to inspire all Catholics with a missionary
sense of responsibility for their neighbor's welfare.
Salvatorians have as their primary goal the apostolic proclamation of the
presence of the Kingdom of God already begun here on earth.
Therefore, the individual Lay Salvatorian will be involved in some
apostolic ministerial activity on a part-time or full-time basis. The keystone of this apostolic activity is that it
involves working with, and being of service to, other people in some direct
and significant way.
The Lay Salvatorian signs a covenant embracing the Gospel counsels of
chastity, poverty, and obedience as a member of the Salvatorian Community. The implication of this commitment is that the
individual Lay Salvatorian is publicly voicing a decision to carry out a
ministry of leadership, service, and love.
Each individual Lay Salvatorian has a unique contribution to make, based on a
variety of experiences, talents, leadership potential, and professional
expertise in many fields. Like other Salvatorians,
the Lay Salvatorian can carry out an apostolic ministry in a secular,
ecumenical, or parish setting. Lay Salvatorians are
involved in such ministries as raising a family; religious education; parish
work; care of the sick, needy, elderly, and children; social justice;
teaching; and ecumenical work.
The Lay Salvatorians are an integral part of the Salvatorian religious
community rather than an independent organization. Each
member is encouraged to relate to a specific local community of Salvatorians,
as well as to the Provincial level. Each local
community meets regularly and develops its own agenda and plan of action. On the Provincial level, the Lay Salvatorians are
directed by the Lay Salvatorian National Board. The
Board consists of lay members who are elected by the Lay Salvatorians, and
one member elected by each the Society and the Congregation.
The board charts and develops future directions and objectives for Lay
Salvatorians. Salvatorians can more fully carry out
their roles of leadership, ministry, and service in this inclusive community..
Catholic men and women, married or single, who are willing to explore a more
explicit role of ministry and leadership in the Church and the world may
apply to the Lay Salvatorians.
Click here for information on the Lay
Salvatorian Application Procedure. This will
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Mr. Ken Drake, SDS for more information