School life at Salvatorian College is suffused with our Catholic ethos. It is an ethos developed from our foundation in 1926 by the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians). Today we build on our strong foundations, holding a confident belief in the relevance of education set within the context of Gospel values and Catholic social teaching.
The school acts at all times as a witness to the Roman Catholic faith; however, we very firmly believe that we are a catholic school in the universal sense also – we believe all are welcome in our community, regardless of their faith background.
The school is part of the structures of the Roman Catholic Church and is a Catholic school in accordance with Canon Law; a core function of the school is to assist Catholic parents in fulfilling their obligation to educate their children in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Church. We provide an environment which will encourage and support the spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the child and help him to grow towards full Christian maturity; we provide a wide and rich range of educational, cultural and spiritual experiences which encourage him to discover and develop his potential to its maximum and to strive for excellence in all that he does.
Chaplaincy is provided by the Salvatorian Fathers. There is a full programme of prayer and litrugical celebration which underpins the school’s routines and marks the litrugical seasons and important feasts in the church year. Each pupil can expect to attend Mass with his form or year group at least once per half term. Certain pupils showing aptitude and interest are carefully instructed in serving and reading at Mass, and a team of Liturgical Prefects is elected each year. The whole school attends Mass in St Joseph’s Church on the Holy Days of Obligation which fall during term, and on other important Feast Days. The school’s Annual Carol Service is held at St Joseph’s Church towards the end of the Autumn Term.
Pupils at Salvatorian College come from a variety of faith backgrounds. Pupils who are not Catholic are expected to demonstrate the virtues of tollerance and respect by sitting in on acts of worship (approximately one per half-term), though they will not be made to participate directly. We are not in a position to make separate arrangements for individual pupils.
Prayer & Liturgy
Regular liturgical celebration and prayer are at heart of school life and our daily routine. The Blessed Francis Jordan Chapel provides a beautiful and peaceful setting for prayer and sacramental liturgies for up to 70 pupils. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved so it can be said that Christ is, truely, at the centre of our school.
|Morning Prayer||8.30am - Every day except Thursday|
|Form Group Masses||8.30am - Thursday|
|Year Group Masses (St Joseph's Church)||10am - First Tuesday of each half-term|
|Moment for Jesus (Rosary and prayers)||2.00pm - Every day|
|Whole-school Mass||Holy Days of Obligation|
Our values are based on the Eight Beatitudes - blessings recounted by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
We are honest and demonstrate strong moral principles.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
We show care and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’
We are not proud because we are aware of our own bad qualities.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’
We strive to be fair and reasonable.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’
We forgive others for their offences, flaws or mistakes.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’
We aim to lead our lives informed by Gospel values.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’
We accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from our own, even if we do not agree with them.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God.’
We go out of our way to help others whenever we can.
Jesus said: ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.’
Our Patron Saints
Saint Alban was a Romano-British citizen of the third century in the Roman city of Verulamium (now called St Albans). During his lifetime, Christians began to suffer persecution. Alban met a Christian priest fleeing from the Romans and sheltered him in his house for a number of days. The priest Amphibalus prayed and kept vigil day and night, and Alban was so impressed with the priest’s faith that he asked to be taught by the priest. He converted to Christianity just before the authorities came to arrest the fugitive priest. Alban, inspired by his new-found faith, exchanged clothes with Amphibalus, allowing him to escape. Consequently, Alban was arrested and brought before the city magistrate. As Alban refused to pay homage to Roman gods, the magistrate ordered that Alban should receive the punishment due to the priest. He was taken up a hillside to a site of execution where he was beheaded. Despite escaping, Amphibalus too was later arrested and martyred at Redbourn, a few miles away.
Saint Edmund Campion
Saint Edmund Campion was an English priest who belonged to the ‘Society of Jesus’, more commonly known as the ‘Jesuits’. Campion was alive at a time where Roman Catholicism was banned in England. Despite the ban, he continued to be a faithful priest to his people, rejecting the validity of the Anglican Church, and conducting an underground ministry. Campion was eventually arrested by priest hunters, convicted of high treason, and hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, close to modern-day Marble Arch in London.
Because he died defending his faith, St Edmund Campion is remembered as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, having been canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
Saint Thomas Becket
Saint Thomas Becket was born in around 1120, the son of a London merchant. He was well-educated and quickly became an agent to Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him on several missions to Rome. Becket’s talents were noticed by Henry II, who made him his chancellor and the two became close friends. When Theobald died in 1161, Henry made Becket archbishop. Becket transformed himself from a pleasure-loving courtier into a serious, simply-dressed priest.
The king and his archbishop’s friendship was put under strain when it became clear that Becket would now stand up for the church in its disagreements with the king. In 1164, realising the extent of Henry’s displeasure, Becket fled into exile in France, and remained in exile for several years. He returned in 1170.
On the 29 December 1170, four knights, believing the king wanted Becket out of the way, confronted and murdered Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.
Blessed Francis 'Mary of the Cross' Jordan
Fr Francis ‘Mary of the Cross’ Jordan was a German Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Society of the Divine Savior, commonly called the Salvatorians. His life is currently under review by the Holy See, for his possible canonization. During this period, he had a growing conviction that he was being called by God to found a new apostolic work in the Church, which had as its goal the unification of groups of priests and laity in spreading and defending the Catholic faith throughout the world. This conviction became even stronger during a trip to the Middle East in 1880. After returning to Rome, Jordan started implementing his idea of founding a community of members under religious vows and laypeople. This would be organized into three groups, called “grades”: the first would be those who committed to leave everything and, living in community, devote their whole lives to the mission of the organization; the second was to be for academics, who spread the faith by publications; and the third for those laypeople who, remaining in their families and within the reality of their everyday life, would proclaim the Savior through the witness of a good Christian life.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel
In Christian tradition Gabriel the archangel is the angel of mercy mentioned by name in the bible. Spirits who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels and so it is fitting that the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary to announce the greatest of all messages; the birth of our Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ. During many of the announcements attributed to Gabriel in religious texts, Gabriel presents a challenging message with confidence, authority, and peace, urging people to trust in God’s power. The messages that God assigns the archangel Gabriel to deliver, often extend people’s faith in a significant way.
Society of the divine Saviour
The Society of the Divine Saviour, popularly known as the Salvatorians, is an international, religious, congregation of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church, founded in Rome, December 8, 1881, by the Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan.
Our official title is the Society of the Divine Saviour and our main purpose is to bring people everywhere to a greater knowledge and love of our Divine Saviour. This means that we are an international missionary order in the very broadest sense.
The purpose of the Society is to strengthen, to defend and to spread the Catholic faith everywhere in so far as this is committed to it by Divine Providence. Therefore, by exercising this ecclesiastical teaching function in word and writing, it intends to achieve the end that all people might know more and more the one true God and Him whom He sent, Jesus Christ.
Rule from 1882
We also believe it is important to use all the ways and means that Christ inspires to spread his Good News. For this reason Salvatorians are to be found using their talents in all sorts of capacities in parishes, missions, schools, universities, hospitals and many other situations throughout the world.
The British Pro-province consists of thirty members living and working in Britain and Ireland but coming from several different countries.
Our Motherhouse is in Rome near St Peter’s Square and in a special chapel there the tomb of our Founder, Father Jordan, is located. There are about 1,200 Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers worldwide.
For further information on the Society of the Divine Saviour http://www.sds.org/
Father Richard Mway – Provincial & Parish Priest, is the Vice Chair on the school Governing Body.