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Salvatorians in Australia

The first Salvatorian father Paul Keyte, came from the British Salvatorian Province to Bellevue in Western Australia in 1961. He was joined by other Salvatorians over the years until 1979 when members of the Polish Province also joined the British Community. In 1981 the Parish transferred location to Greenmount and in 1986 transferred to the Polish Province and since then 16 young priests have come to serve the Australian people.

In addition to the Parish in Greenmount, Salvatorians are responsible for the Parishes of Balcatta, Bruce Rock, Merredin, Carnarvon-Exmouth, Esperance. Two of us are school chaplains at Chisholm College and Mercy College.


Salvatorians in the World

The Society of the Divine Saviour is composed of Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters. Three thousand men and women live today as members of one or other of the communities of Salvatorians founded by Father Jordan in 1881. Our aim is to make the Saviour more widely known and loved in the world of today.

The founder of the Salvatorians was a man of vision who wanted to open up to as many people as possible the truth of the Catholic faith "that all may know the goodness and kindness of the Saviour". He wanted to mobilise priests and lay people for this purpose using every means at their disposal, especially the press.

His original plan included three grades or orders. The First Grade were vowed religious as we know it today. The Third Grade were catechists, teachers, trades people etc. what we would call today lay ministry. The Second Grade were professionals like historians, scientists, theologians who used their talents to give talks, write pamphlets etc. which the First Order would publish and put into the hands of the Third Grade. Thus all were involved in teaching the "goodness and kindness of the Saviour".

Because of difficulties with having these innovative structures approved by the Holy See the original vision was modified. The First Grade evolved into the Society of the Divine Saviour in 1881 and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour in 1888. The Third Grade lay dormant for many years but has been revived as Lay Salvatorians in the last 20 years.

Jordan first rented rooms at Santa Brigida in the Piazza Farnesse in Rome and set up a printing press. Soon the new group moved to its present location at Via della Conciliazione 51 and quickly expanded into many countries throughout the world.

Moved by the words of the Gospel: 'And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.' (John 17. v.3.) our founder gave us the command and the mission not to rest content until all people know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as their Saviour.


Founder - Fr Francis 'Mary of the Cross' Jordan

John Baptist Jordan (in religious life, Francis Mary of the Cross) was born on the 16th of June, 1848 in the village of Gurtweil, Baden, Germany. His parents were very poor and the family frequently went without the necessities of life. The death of his father obliged John to leave the village school and to help his mother and his brothers to provide for the family. Believing himself called to the priesthood, he began, in his 20th year, to study and was ordained a priest. He furthered his studies in Rome and in the Holy Land where he resolved to found a Religious Congregation, whose chief aim it would be to spread and increase by all ways and means the knowledge and love of Jesus, as the true Saviour of the World.

His labours led to the founding of two Religious Societies. “The Society of the Divine Saviour” and “The Sisters of the Divine Saviour”. He died, after an active and holy life, on September 9th, 1918. His was the great joy of seeing the two Congregations carrying out their apostolate throughout the world.


*This information has been provided
by the Salvatorian Community Website. www.sds.org.au

Mass Times

Mon - Sat 9:00am & 1st Fri of the month 7:30pm
Wed 10:30am at Gwelup

Sat 6:00pm (Vigil)
Sun 8:30am, 10:00am (Italian), 12noon (Croatian), 5:00pm
Sun 11:30am at Gwelup

Every 4th Sunday of the month at 5:00pm


Reconciliation is available every morning during the week
before 9am Mass in St Lawrence church.

Fri 8:30am - 8:55am
1st Fri 8:30am - 8:55am & 7:00pm - 7:25pm
Sat 5:15pm - 5:55pm or by appointment.
(during Advent and Lent 15 minutes before 9:00am Mass)

Sun after 11:30am Mass or by appointment.

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