Franciscus Jordan "As long as God is not everywhere glorified, you dare not allow yourself a moment’s rest."

The Salvatorians were founded by Father Francis Jordan. He was a man of vision who wanted to open up to as many people as possible the truths of the Catholic faith so that "all may know the goodness and kindness of the Savior." He wanted to mobilize priests and lay people for this purpose using every means at their disposal, especially the press.

His original plan included three grades. The First Grade were vowed Religious as we know them today. The Third Grade were catechists, teachers, trades people, etc. The Second Grade were intellectuals and professionals such as historians, scientists, theologians and priests who would use their talents to engage in research, give talks, write pamphlets, etc. which would provide an intellectual backbone to the new foundation. The First Grade would publish materials and put them into the hands of the Third Grade. Thus all three grades were involved in making "the Divine Savior more widely known and loved."

Because of the difficulties he encountered getting priests to join his Society Father Jordan was forced to start educating priests of his own and this took up a lot of energy. He started to modify his vision and under the direction of the Holy See he began to form his new foundation into two Religious Societies the Society of the Divine Savior and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior. The Third Grade lay dormant for many years but has been recently revived as the Lay Salvatorians. Father Jordan first rented rooms at Santa Brigida in the Piazza Farnese in Rome and set up a printing press there. Soon he moved to the Motherhouse very near St Peter's Square. He then set about expanding the Society into many countries throughout the world.