Saturday, August 26, 2017

Blessed Arnold Janssen Priest and Founder 1837 – 1909

Blessed  Arnold Janssen
 Priest and Founder 1837 – 1909

        Blessed Arnold Janssen was born in Goch, Germany in 1837, was ordained a priest in August 1861, and became the Chaplain and director of the Ursuline convent in Kempen in 1873. He led the diocesan Apostleship of Prayers as Director in 1874.
He established a missionary society named Society of Divine Word in Steyl, Holland in 1875 which received the approval from the Pope in 1901.
The house in Holland soon branched out to other countries in Europe, and now the society has houses in different parts of the globe. 
The SVD congregation is composed of missionary priest who work in countries in practically all the continents of the world. 
Bl. Arnold Janssen is also remembered as the founder of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters who assist the priest as teachers in mission lands. He also formed the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration whose members are contemplative Sisters who spend most of their time in the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in prayer for their missionary work. Because of the color of their habit, they are called “Pink Sisters.”

Bl. Arnold Janssen died in 1909 and was beatified John Paul VI in 1975.

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