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Rural electrification of Kapanga

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The Salvatorian family

The Salvatorian family

The Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers are part of the Salvatorian family, which also consists of the Salvatorian Sisters and the Salvatorian Laity (men and women, married or not, who share the values of the founder Father Francis Jordan).


It is a group of persons united by a common love for life, by Christian values and by the desire to transform the world into a better place.
The family includes our generous donors and benefactors, the volunteers and the staff of the Salvatorian offices who have the task of promoting specific activities and programmes.

Every project realized is a fruit of a synthesis of CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION and planning EFFECTIVENESS.


The Salvatorian family in numbers

 

Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers 

1200

Salvatorian Sisters

1200

Lay Salvatorians

3500

 

 

Young people in seminaries and postulants

500

 

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Una famiglia Salvatoriana

 

 

 

 

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The Motherhouse

The Motherhouse of the Salvatorians: a historical and spiritual place

Palazzo Cesi-Armellini has been the motherhouse of the Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers since 1882.
The palace, with its elegant Dorian-style façade facing Via della Conciliazione, adjacent to St. Peter’s Square, was built for the Cardinal Francesco Armelllini at the beginning of the 16th Century, right where the Roman philosopher Seneca had his house.


The Palace also featured in more recent historical events. During World War II, the General Superior, Father P. Pfeiffer, acted as the Pope’s trusted negotiator and successfully saved the lives of many Jews, politicians, and partisans persecuted by Nazis by hiding them in the Salvatorian motherhouse.

In order to share its rich history, art and spirituality, the palace has now opened its gates to visitors.
The tour starts in the courtyard, and then proceeds to the gallery embellished with frescoes, the library and the main chapel with wooden ceilings and paintings dating back to the 17th century, and continues to the small chapel and the museum set up in memory of the Founder Father Francis Jordan. The tour ends on the roof terrace with its spectacular view of the dome of St. Peter’s.

The visit is free of charge but visitors are welcome to make a donation in support of the Salvatorian missions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Opening hours:

BY RESERVATION ONLY

For more informations, please contact us:

visit@fondazionesofia.org - Tel: +39 06 686 29 202

The Motherhouse will be closed during holidays (e.g. Christmas, New Years day, Easter...) 

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Logo and design

Our website and logo are designed to communicate SOFIA’s commitment to the people we serve, focusing on the projects we carry out in the world.

The challenge was to envisage a combination of graphic elements that represent and instantly convey our identity, values and mission. Thus, the warm colors of the logo were chosen to transmit the same passion that enables our missionaries to operate in the most difficult situations. The informal font wants to express our proximity and willingness to listen to those most in need. And the icon of the globe represents the global aspect of our activities, connecting ‘north’ and ‘south.’

The site has sections devoted to our different areas of intervention. Different colours identify each area (blue for education, red for health care, green for green energy, and gold for pastoral work), so as to help you easily recognise them and navigate easily from one area to another.

 

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Mission and values

SOFIA: Christian inspiration, universal charity.

SOFIA – Salvatorian Office for International Aid – is the international organization of the Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers that works to ensure decent living conditions for those most in need.

In Greek Sofia also means wisdom; we want to help people to acquire knowledge and the capacity to become agents of change for themselves, for their community and for society.
Through projects related to health care, education, rural development and pastoral work, the Salvatorians concretely support men and women in re-starting their own lives and ensuring better opportunities for their children. We engage in long-term activities, economically sustainable and in harmony with the Sustainable Development Goals.
We want a world without material, intellectual and spiritual poverty, a world in which all people have equal opportunities. We believe that every person should have the right to salvation, including those people who live in the poorest and remotest areas of the planet. We believe that salvation can be reached more easily if people are given the possibility of living a dignified and happy existence.
SOFIA has divisions in various countries, with SOFIA Global being the central office for international partnerships and the development, coordination and management of projects.

The values of SOFIA

RESPECT: we recognize equal opportunities and rights for everyone, whatever their gender, religion, cultural or political affiliations may be.

CHARITY: we are close to vulnerable and marginated persons.

CONCRETENESS: we believe in the value of acting and define ourselves as “believers in action.”

EXCELLENCE: we aspire to continuous improvement and to be recognized as a point of reference in the world of missionary projects.

COURAGE: we are present where no one wants to go, also at the risk of life.

Le baraccopoli di Manila

 

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Pastoral work

For us, pastoral and social interventions are intrinsically linked. Therefore, SOFIA also promotes the pastoral development projects of the Salvatorian missionaries.

This has to do first of all with the formation of about 500 young Salvatorian missionaries in Africa and in Asia. This investment in future religious leaders will have a positive impact on the Catholic Church and society in general: well-trained Salvatorians can better live their charism as apostles and invite the laity to do the same, helping them to mature in their faith. At the same time, they are enabled to assist people better, also psychologically.

We are also engaged in developing active faith communities in our parishes. For example, we organise training for catechists in Cameroon, improve the mobility of Salvatorians in the Congolese savannah and invest in parish structures in neglected areas in India.
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Pastoral Work - Images by Gabriele Orlini 

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Education

The right to education is a human right, recognised by the United Nations. Education and literacy are also the way forward to improve human development. Therefore, we strongly support the decision of the 2000 UN Millennium Summit to include universal primary education in the eight Millennium Development Goals.

In addition we work so that secondary education for girls and boys may also become universal. Only in this way, we maintain, can people in the developing world really tackle the fundamental problems they have to cope with, such as poverty, hunger, gender discrimination, health, unemployment and the lack of opportunities in society.

To help realise this, we have built and manage kindergartens, primary schools, homes for street children, as well as secondary schools and institutes for vocational training in Africa (Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Tanzania), Asia (Philippines and India) and Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela).
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Education - Images by Gabriele Orlini

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Salvatorian Missionaries in action

Salvatorian Missionaries in action

The Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers (SDS)1200 of them are active in 40 countries, are distributed throughout all the continents. The Salvatorians have strong local roots and almost all of them are born in the countries where they work. The presence of the Salvatorian Missionaries in the South reflects their belief in social justice. They spend their lives with the poor, often in remote places, challenging obstacles and difficulties of all kinds.

Guided by Christian values and inspired by Catholic Social Doctrine, they work for people’s fundamental rights regardless of their gender, race, religion, social background or political conviction.
They have almost 500 young people in training.

The Salvatorian missionaries are tireless workers, like “Fathers in Action” 365 days of the year.

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Padri in azione (2)

Padri Salvatoriani in azione.

I Padri e Fratelli Salvatoriani (SDS) – sono 1200 missionari attivi in 40 paesi, distribuiti in tutti i continenti. Hanno un forte radicamento locale e quasi tutti sono nati nei Paesi in cui operano.

La loro presenza nel Sud del mondo riflette il loro Credo nella giustizia sociale. Passano la loro vita con i poveri, spesso in luoghi remoti, sfidando gli ostacoli e le difficoltà di ogni genere.

Orientati da valori cristiani e ispirati alla dottrina sociale della Chiesa, lavorano per i diritti fondamentali delle persone indipendentemente dal loro sesso, razza, religione, estrazione sociale o convinzione politica.

Sono instancabili lavoratori, dei “Fathers in Action” 365 giorni all’anno.

E’ grazie all’instancabile lavoro di Pade Dieudonnè che la Scuola .... in Tanzania è diventata un punto di riferimento......

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Salvatorians - Images by Gabriele Orlini

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Padri in azione (3)

Padri Salvatoriani in azione.

I Padri e Fratelli Salvatoriani (SDS) – sono 1200 missionari attivi in 40 paesi, distribuiti in tutti i continenti. Hanno un forte radicamento locale e quasi tutti sono nati nei Paesi in cui operano.

La loro presenza nel Sud del mondo riflette il loro Credo nella giustizia sociale. Passano la loro vita con i poveri, spesso in luoghi remoti, sfidando gli ostacoli e le difficoltà di ogni genere.

Orientati da valori cristiani e ispirati alla dottrina sociale della Chiesa, lavorano per i diritti fondamentali delle persone indipendentemente dal loro sesso, razza, religione, estrazione sociale o convinzione politica.

Sono instancabili lavoratori, dei “Fathers in Action” 365 giorni all’anno.

E’ grazie all’instancabile lavoro di Pade Dieudonnè che la Scuola .... in Tanzania è diventata un punto di riferimento......