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Sacred ground of the Arnoldus Family
Cradle of three religious missionary congregations
Society of the Divine Word
September 8, 1875
Missionary Servants of the Holy Spirit
December 8, 1889
Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration
December 8, 1896
December 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
127 Years of Foundation Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration

"On the feast of the Immaculate Conception (…) the Superior General celebrated a High Mass at 8:30 A.M. in the new chapel of the Missionary sisters. During it the profession ceremonies of the Missionary Sisters and the formal inauguration of the cloistered branch took place."
From the book “Arnold Janssen Founder of Three Missionary Congregations 1837-1909” by Fritz Bornemann, SVD, page 336


134 Years of Foundation Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit

In this year of Passion for Global Mission, the Missionary Servants of the Holy Spirit have one more reason to rejoice: the foundation of the new SSpS mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Congregational Leader, Sr. Miriam Altenhofem, in her message for the anniversary of the Congregation, draws a parallel between the first sisters who on this day in 1889, after long years of waiting, started the Congregation, and the pioneer sisters who in these days have set foot in their new mission land.
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As I journey to the Philippines, our Congo missionaries are still in their retreat in Steyl, which will culminate in sending them off to the new mission in Congo. The beginning in Congo is one of our high points in the “Year of Passion for Global Mission”. It is an expression of widening our tents (Is 54:2) and being committed to God’s mission…
Author: Sr. Miriam Altenhofen, SSpS
Fr. Arnold did not found a Lay Mission Partner organization. However, thanks to his membership in the Apostleship of Prayer, for him there was no question that lay people had their God-given place in the missionary activities of the church. So let us first see how the Apostleship involved the laity in mission…
Author: Jurgen Ommerborn, SVD
This is the first biography of Sister Mary Michael, who died on February 25, 1934. The author was a pioneer of historiography and spirituality of the Arnoldus Family – Father Hermann Fischer. In the introduction to the book he writes the following: “After teaching in the diaspora for ten years, Adolfine Tönnies joined the newly-founded Congregation of the Steyl Missionary Sisters. Five years later its Founder, Fr. Arnold Janssen, appointed a group of Sisters for the ministry of perpetual adoration, thus laying the foundation for the new Congregation, Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration. Adolfine Tönnies who, by that time, bore the religious name Sister Michaele, was one of the first members in the new Congregation. According to the plan of Providence, she was called to be its first superior. For nearly four decades, she was so involved in its inner and outer construction that she can rightly be called its co-foundress. In many respects, her story is the history of this Congregation, and the spirit of this Congregation is essentially a mirror of her own spirit.”
Author: Hermann Fischer, SVD
What did you think, Mary, of your Advent? Who knew your feelings while you waited? What did you want for your unborn child? What did you think about all that you were experiencing?
Author: Hna María Virginia Gette, SSpS
Author: Fr. Jürgen Ommerborn, SVD
Subject: Joseph Freinademetz Returns To His Parish Of St. Martin In Thurn, Steyl’s First Impression
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