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

“You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1: 8)

You shall be - The mission is communitarian: The witness of Christians to Christ is primarily communitarian in nature. Hence, in carrying out the mission, the presence of a community, regardless of its size, is of fundamental importance.

You shall be my witnesses - Carrying out the mission means being witnesses: Missionaries of Christ are not sent to communicate themselves, to exhibit their persuasive qualities and abilities or their managerial skills. Instead, theirs is the supreme honor of presenting Christ in words and deeds, proclaiming to everyone the Good News of his salvation, as the first apostles did, with joy and boldness.

To the ends of the earth: Christ’s Church will continue to “go forth” towards new geographical, social and existential horizons, towards “borderline” places and human situations, in order to bear witness to Christ and his love to men and women of every people, culture and social status.

You will receive power from the Holy Spirit: All Christ’s missionary disciples are called to recognize the essential importance of the Spirit’s work, to dwell in his presence daily and to receive his unfailing strength and guidance. Indeed, it is precisely when we feel tired, unmotivated or confused that we should remember to have recourse to the Holy Spirit in prayer (...) for it allows us to be refreshed and strengthened by the Spirit as the inexhaustible divine source of renewed energy and joy in sharing Christ’s life with others.
The mission is done in partnership; thus, it is shared and is permanent. It is mystical and practical at the same time. I think it is worthwhile reading again the missionary heart of Saint Arnold, especially from his devotions. He had achieved a well-balanced synthesis of his main devotions: to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to the Virgin Mary, Trinitarian spirituality with special veneration of the Incarnate Word, adoration of the Holy Spirit, etc. Some were common when he started the Mission House in Steyl. Nonetheless he knew how to make the best of them…
Author: Saju George Aruvelil, SVD
We are about to commemorate the founding day of our Congregation again. We know the circumstances of the foundation of the congregations of San Arnold. However, I think it is worth revising that historical fact from nowadays. Because the pandemic has hacked the entire world. Although the pandemic is not over yet, life and activities are resuming as they were before. It is a challenging new opportunity for all of us: the consecrated men and women missionaries and the lay partners of this great Arnoldian family. Yes, it is for a new beginning for the Church going forth (Evangelii Gaudium) and walking together and working united in the spirit of synodality of our shared mission…
Author: Saju George Aruvelil, SVD
This booklet is about different thoughts of our Founder St Arnold Janssen that can inspire you all the days of the year from the 1st of January to the 31st of December. The various texts cited in this booklet were collected and sorted out by Bro. Friedbert Ewertz SVD with loving care, first of all for his own edification. The Arnold Janssen Secretariat is now offering them to all the Sisters and Confreres in the hope that they will offer good inspiration and at the same time bring us closer to our spiritual father…
Author: Br. Ewertz SVD, translated by Br. Rudy Heckel SVD
Lord Jesus, exhausted by missionary travels, you sat by the well of Jacob and said to the Samaritan woman: “Give me a drink.” Guide us to the sources of “living water” so that we proclaim everywhere the good news of the kingdom…
Author: Unknown
Author: Fr. Jürgen Ommerborn, SVD
Subject: Arnold Janssen, St. Michael’s Mission House