The original Salvatorian model, as envisioned by Father Francis Jordan and Mother Mary of the Apostles in the 1880s, was of a society of men and women, -- religious, clergy, and laity. But this model was far ahead of its time and no such community yet existed in the world. The Church was reluctant to give its approval to such an untested model -- and the Salvatorians were directed to minister in the manner that was more familiar to the Church of the 1880s. The priests and brothers became the Society of the Divine Savior. The sisters became the Sisters of the Divine Savior. And those lay persons who were involved in the work of Father Francis and Mother Mary no longer could be "official" members of either congregation. But when Vatican II called religious communities around the world to "return to the vision of their founders," the Salvatorian men and women could once again involve committed lay persons in their mission and ministries -- moving into the forefront of a new call from Vatican II to recognize that ministry in the Church belongs to all the baptized, not just the clergy and religious.
The Salvatorian Mission:
the goodness and kindness
of Jesus the Savior
by all ways and means possible.”
The Lay Salvatorians are dedicated persons -- men, women, single, married -- who want to live their faith more openly and share their values in their work. Central to each Lay Salvatorian's commitment is a ministry that involves working with and being of service to others in some direct and significant way. Like the Salvatorians priests, sisters, and brothers, Lay Salvatorians' ministries have a wide range -- each building on the strengths and experiences of the individual member. Their work may involve teaching, parenting, working for social justice and human rights -- or wherever they feel God is calling them to proclaim the Gospel in their lives and in their work.
The formation process of Lay Salvatorians involves meetings and workshops on the history, mission, and vision of the Salvatorian community, answering the baptismal call to minister in the Church and in the world, and living a faith-filled life in the midst of a changing world. As a public statement, Lay Salvatorians make a commitment to the Salvatorian vision and mission.. Their involvement also calls them into close association -- both in prayer and social settings -- with the vowed religious Salvatorians.
Lay Salvatorians in Huntsville gather on the second Sunday of each month at Holy Family School. For more information, contact Fr. Bill, Diana or John Moore, or Diane Gerrell.