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A man of great faith A man of great love to God A man of deep compassion for his fellowmen AND Someone

ne who is really a witness to the word ST. ARNOLD JANSSEN


Janssen was born on November 5,1837 in Goch, in the Rhineland, Germany, not far from the Dutch border, one of eleven siblings. He developed a deep, simple faith. His first school was the Catholic Augustinianum High School in Gaesdonck, which is near his birthplace. He did his college degree, then studied theology and was ordained to the priesthood on 15 August 1861.

Within a few years, many seminarians, priests and brothers were preparing for missionary service there, and the first two missionaries, Joseph Freinademetz and John Anzer, were sent to China.

For a while worked as a high school teacher in Bocholt, Germany, teaching physics and catechism. His real passion, however, was the mission. In 1867 he became the director of the Apostolaat des Gebeds for Germany and Austria and founded a scientific institute in Mdling, near Vienna. He also founded a journal, Bode van het Heilig Hart van Jezus, which looked to enlist the faithful in prayer and support for the mission. The Kulturkampf, however, hampered his efforts, and Janssen purchased land in Steyl, Holland to begin his seminary, dedicated in 1875 as the "St. Michael the Archangel Mission House".

He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1861 for the diocese of Muenster and was assigned to teach natural sciences and mathematics in a secondary school in Bocholt. There he was known for being a strict but just teacher. Due to his profound devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was named Diocesan Director for the Apostleship of Prayer. This apostolate encouraged Arnold to open himself to Christians of other denominations.

Little by little he became more aware of the spiritual needs of people beyond the limits of his own diocese, developing a deep concern for the universal mission of the church. He decided to dedicate his life to awaking in the German church its missionary responsibility. With this in mind, in 1873 he resigned from his teaching post and soon after founded The Little Messenger of the Sacred Heart. This popular monthly magazine presented news of missionary activities and it encouraged German-speaking Catholics to do more to help the missions. These were difficult times for the Catholic Church in Germany. Bismark unleashed the Kulturkampf with a series of anti-Catholic laws, which led to the expulsion of priests and religious and to the imprisonment of many bishops.

In this chaotic situation Arnold Janssen proposed that some of the expelled priests could go to the foreign missions or at least help in the preparation of missionaries. Slowly but surely, and with a little prodding from the Apostolic Vicar of Hong Kong, Arnold discovered that God was calling him to undertake this difficult task. Many people said that he was not the right man for the job, or that the times were not right for such a project. Arnold's answer was, The Lord challenges our faith to do something new, precisely when so many things are collapsing in the Church.

With the support of a number of bishops, Arnold inaugurated the mission house on September 8, 1875 in Steyl, Holland, and thus began the Divine Word. Aware of the importance of publications for attracting vocations and funding, Arnold started a printing press just four months after the inauguration of the house. Thousands of generous lay persons contributed their time and effort to mission animation in German-speaking countries by helping to distribute the magazines from Steyl.

From the beginning the new congregation developed as a community of both priests and Brothers. The volunteers at the mission house included women as well as men. From practically the very beginning, a group of women, including Blessed Maria Helena Stollenwerk, served the community. But their wish was to serve the mission as Religious Sisters..

Saint Arnold Janssen, S.V.D., was a Roman Catholic priest and missionary, and is venerated as a saint. He is best known for founding the Society of the Divine Word, a Roman Catholic missionary religious congregation, also known as the Divine Word Missionaries, as well as two congregations for women

The faithful, selfless service they freely offered, and a recognition of the important role women could play in missionary outreach, urged Arnold to found the mission congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit, SSpS, on December 8, 1889. The first Sisters left for Argentina in 1895. In 1896 Fr. Arnold selected some of the Sisters to form a cloistered branch, to be known as Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration, SSpSAP. Their service to mission would be to maintain an uninterrupted adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praying day and night for the church and especially for the other two active missionary congregations.

Honors In his hometown of Goch, the ArnoldJanssen-Church and the Arnold-JanssenCommunity are named after Saint Arnold. His birthplace can be visited in the ArnoldJanssen-Street. The St. Arnold neighborhood in Neuenkirchen, Westphalia, has a ArnoldJanssen High School. It was founded 1929 by his religious community, but since 1996 it has been administered by the Diocese of Mnster. The Arnold-Janssen High School in Sankt Wendel,Saarland, is also named for him, as is the Arnold-Janssen-Hauptschule in Bocholt.

Arnold died on January 15, 1909. His life was filled with a constant search for God's will, a great confidence in divine providence, and hard work. That his work has been blessed is evident in the subsequent growth of the communities he founded: more than 6,000 Divine Word Missionaries are active in 63 countries, more than 3,800 missionary Servants of the Holy Spirit, and more than 400 Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration.

Sainthood He and Joseph Freinademetz were canonized on October 5, 2003, by Pope John Paul II, as was Daniele Comboni, an important missionary in Africa. Janssen was canonized after the healing of Pamela Avellanosa, a Filipina teenager living in Baguio who fell down on a bike and was not expected to recover from a head wound. According to her relatives and the Church, she was healed miraculously following prayers to Janssen.

I love China and the Chinese, I want to die and be laid to rest among them The language that all people understand is that of love He was a man who put his heart into the Chinese people A man that loves China and the Chinese so much

St. Joseph Freinademetz

Freinademetz was born on April 15, 1852, in Oies, a small hamlet of five houses situated in the Dolomite Alps of northern Italy. The region, known as South Tyrol, was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He was the fourth child of Giovanmattia and Anna Maria Freinademetz

He was baptised on the day he was born, and he inherited from his family a simple but tenacious faith. While Joseph was studying Theology in the diocesan seminary of Bressanone (Brixen), He was ordained a priest on July 25, 1875, and assigned to the community of Saint Martin. Just two years after ordination he contacted Fr. Arnold Janssen, the founder of a mission house which quickly developed into the Society of the Divine Word.

Joseph entered the mission house in Steyl, Netherlands, in August 1878. On March 2, 1879, he received his mission cross and departed for China with Fr. John Baptist Anzer, another Divine Word Missionary. Five weeks later they arrived in Hong Kong, where they remained for two years, preparing themselves for the next step. Freindademetz was based in Sai Kung until 1880 and set up a chapel on the island of Yim Tin Tsai in 1879.

In 1881 they travelled to their new mission in South Shantung, a province with 12 million inhabitants and only 158 Christians. Those were hard years, marked by long, arduous journeys, assaults by bandits, and the difficult work of forming the first Christian communities. As soon as a community was just barely developed an instruction from the Bishop would arrive, telling him to leave everything and start anew.

Soon Joseph came to appreciate the importance of a committed laity, especially catechists, for first evangelization. He dedicated much energy to their formation and prepared a catechetical manual in Chinese. At the same time, together with Anzer (who had become bishop) he put great effort into the preparation, spiritual formation and ongoing education of Chinese priests and other missionaries. His whole life was marked by an effort to become a Chinese among the Chinese, so much so that he wrote to his family: I love China and the Chinese. I want to die among them and be laid to rest among them.

In 1898, Freinademetz was sick with laryngitis and had the beginnings of tuberculosis as a result of his heavy workload and many other hardships. So at the insistence of the bishop and the other priests he was sent for a rest to Japan, with the hope that he could regain his health. He returned to China somewhat recuperated, but not fully cured.

When the bishop had to travel outside of China in 1907, Freinademetz took on the added burden of the administration of the diocese. During this time there was a severe outbreak of typhus

. Joseph, like a good shepherd, offered untiring assistance and visited many communities until he himself became infected. He returned to Taikia, the seat of the diocese, where he died on January 28, 1908. He was buried at the twelfth station on the Way of the Cross, and his grave soon became a pilgrimage site for Christians.

Freinademetz learned how to discover the greatness and beauty of Chinese culture and to love deeply the people to whom he had been sent. He dedicated his life to proclaiming the gospel message of God's love for all peoples, and to embodying this love in the formation of Chinese Christian communities.

He animated these communities to open themselves in solidarity with the surrounding inhabitants. And he encouraged many of the Chinese Christians to be missionaries to their own people as catechists, religious, nuns and priests. His life was an expression of his motto: The language that all people understand is that of love.


Born: November 5, 1837 Goch, Germany Died: January 15, 1909 Steyl, Holland Honored in: Roman Catholic Church Beatified: 19 October 1975 by Pope Paul VI Canonized: 5 October 2003, Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II Feast: 15 January Ordained to the priesthood : 15, August 1861.

Joseph Freinademetz Born: April 15, 1852 Oies, Badia Dolomites Died: January 28, 1908 (aged 55) Taikia, South Shandong due to Honored in: Roman Catholic Church Beatified: 19 October 1975 by Pope Paul VI Canonized: October 5, 2003 by Pope John Paul II Feast: January 28 Ordained: July 25,1875 Chinese name: pinyin: Shngf Rus or Fu Shen Fu meaning happy priest as a member of the Society of the Divine Word, was a missionary in China.