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The Society of the Divine Saviour (SDS), popularly known as the Salvatorians, is an international religious congregation of Priests, Brothers and Lay People in the Catholic Church, founded in Rome, 8th of December 1881, by the venerable servant Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan who is awaiting beatification in the near future. The purpose of the Society is to strengthen, to defend and to spread the Catholic faith everywhere in so far as this is entrusted to it by Divine Providence. Therefore, by exercising this ecclesiastical teaching function in word and writing, the Society intends to achieve its aim that all people might know more and more the one true God and Him whom He sent, Jesus Christ.
There are approximately 1120 Salvatorian Priests and Brothers working in 40 different countries throughout the world as well as a similar number of Sisters and numerous Lay Salvatorians. We share our call to be apostles with people from all walks of life. We are ready to serve all people everywhere, by all ways and means which the love of Christ inspires. Reading the Gospel according to St. Matthew, we come across the following words, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And I am with you always, until the end of time." Inspired by these words of Scripture, our Founder, Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, wrote in December 1894 in his work “Exhortations and Admonitions”, “As long as there is one person on earth who does not know God and does not love Him above all things, you dare not allow yourself a moment’s rest. As long as God is not everywhere glorified, you dare not allow yourself a moment’s rest.”
We Salvatorians are called to follow Jesus Christ, the Divine Saviour, through apostolic service, by living as a community within the universal Church. Like our Founder, Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, we proclaim Salvation to all people, so that by the lives we live and through our apostolic activities, all may come "to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (J 17,3), and have life in all its fullness. Carrying out the will of our Founder, we share our apostolic vocation with all people. We are ready to serve in any place, by all ways and means which the love of Christ inspires.
Our apostolate is not restricted to one particular activity, such as education or working with young people. We emphasize the universality of the Christian vocation, inspiring lay people to live out their baptismal commitment and to be witnesses of faith in their private and social lives. Therefore:
We proclaim the Gospel in a contemporary manner and in dialogue with every culture by means of relevant social communication. At present we are engaged in apostolic activities in 40 countries. We are working on all continents: Europe, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Asia.
The Polish Province
Poland is amongst the 40 countries where Salvatorians are working. The first Salvatorians arrived in Poland in 1900. The Polish Province was founded in 1927, and has since grown to over 450 members, which is more than one-
Minor Seminaries restarted, including some catering for late vocations, and also retreat houses and the Union for the Salvatorian Collaborators was reactivated. It was only in 1968, that some Salvatorians were allowed to do mission work in Tanzania in East Africa. The change in the social and political situation in the ‘80s, coincided with the beginning of the "Solidarity" movement bringing with it new possibilities of expansion in the Catholic Church in Poland. An opportunity then arose to start some specialized work in Poland. Since 1997, formation activities have been dynamically growing; special mention should be of the work of the Spiritual Formation Centre in Krakow. Since 1989, the Polish Province has taken an apostolic interest in and special care of the new countries of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Hungary and Albania. The members of the Province are involved in the following apostolic works: parish work, pastoral care at the foreign missions, parish missions and retreats, apostolic work within the mass media, spiritual formation, academic teaching at the universities, pastoral youth ministry, apostolic work abroad, pastoral work with Polish people abroad, work in hospices, chaplaincy for religious sisters and brothers, and chaplaincy in hospitals, schools and military units.
Currently, the members of the Polish Province are present in 22 countries of the world: Albania, Australia, Brazil, Byelorussia, Canada, Comoro, Congo, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Liechtenstein, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, USA and now of course, in Scotland. Altogether, outside of Poland, there are 162 priests and brothers. These are working apostolically within communities that belong to the Polish Province or within other administrative units of the Society, and some are doing further specialized study. In the UK, we work in close cooperation with the Salvatorians of the British Province.
The heart of the Polish Salvatorian Province is the Major Seminary in the village of Bagno in the Lower Silesian region, in south-
All Salvatorian priests ordained since 1959 up to the present time have been educated in Bagno. The professors of the seminary are appointed by the Polish Provincial Superior from amongst Salvatorians and other Orders and also Diocesan priests who are teaching in the Catholic University in Lublin, the Catholic Academies in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan and Krakow. On the 29th of May, 2010, 7 Salvatorians from the Major Seminary in Bagno, Poland, were ordained and 6 seminarians became deacons. In addition, there are 10 candidates in the Novitiate and 40 students at the Seminary which is supported by the good will of people. The Seminary does not receive State funding.
Today, the Polish Salvatorian Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Lay members with the help of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Saviour, proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people and on all continents of the world. As Salvatorians, we work in parishes, schools and universities. We give retreats and run formation programmes for spiritual renewal. For those who would like to join us as priests, religious brothers or lay members, we have our own Seminary with its own formation programme. In the UK candidates for the SDS are directed to the British Province. In the last 20 years Polish Salvatorians have established a presence in 18 new countries. Most of those countries could be called “mission” countries, although some are in traditionally Catholic areas: Proclaiming the Saviour ... in Our World ... in Our Times ... in Our Lives.
Through all the ways of working successfully in the apostolate, the most important and essential means is by giving good example according to the saying: Words move, examples lead. All can and should be good examples and thus help others to know and love God, because "this is the eternal life that all people should know the only true God, and the One whom He has sent, Jesus Christ” (J 17,3).
Your support for The Polish Salvatorian Major Seminary in Bagno is most welcome. For more information, please contact us.
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