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Saint Arnold Janssen SVD: Father, Leader and Founder
Jan 05, 2017
On Sunday, October 5, 2003, Pope John Paul II during the canonization mass for Divine Word Missionaries father, leader, and founder, Arnold Janssen SVD said the following during the homily:
"Nations shall come to your light" (Is 60: 3). The prophetic image of the new Jerusalem that spreads divine light on all the peoples clearly illustrates the life and tireless apostolate of St Arnold Janssen. He zealously carried out his priestly work, spreading the Word of God by means of the new mass media, especially the press.
Obstacles did not dismay him. He liked to repeat: "Proclamation of the Good News is the first and most significant expression of love for one's neighbour". He now helps his religious family from Heaven, to continue faithfully along the tracks he marked out that witness to the permanent value of the Church's evangelizing mission.
Saint Arnold Janssen SVD was the Founder of Divine Word Missionaries, the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit and the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration. We celebrate the memorial of our founder on January 15.
Read more on Saint Arnold Janssen SVD here.
Read the full text of Pope John Paul II’s homily on the canonization of our founder and first missionary Saint Joseph Freinademetz SVD here.