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

A journey with Jesus and Mary accompanied by St. Joseph

March 19 is the feast of St. Joseph, one of the patrons of our Arnoldus family.
On December 8, 2020, with the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (with a father’s heart), Pope Francis has invited the Church to dedicate St. Joseph.
Pope Francis highlights some qualities of St. Joseph that serve as inspirations for the daily life of Christians: a loving, tender and obedient person; a person who does the will of God and who helps his/her neighbor; a person who is brave, creative and an example of love for the poor; a person who teaches the value, dignity and  joy of work; as well as a person and  who had the graciousness to accept to play second fiddle to Mary and Jesus.
The devotion of St. Arnold to the adoptive father of Jesus, made our founder commit several of the missionary houses to the protection of St. Joseph.

   In The Little Messenger of the Heart of Jesus, Arnold writes about St. Joseph:

“There is no doubt that the Joseph of the Old Testament must be regarded as the model of Jesus’ foster father in many aspects of his life. Just as Joseph was the administrator of pharaoh’s granary in Egypt, so St. Joseph, is the administrator of the heavenly granaries. It is also true that the Church is the living Christ. And just as St. Joseph nourished and protected Christ and his holy Mother during their earthly lives, so he still nourishes and protects the servants of Christ who have devoted themselves to the practice of virtue in a special way. May St. Joseph also protect us and provide us not only with the earthly but also the heavenly bread of grace, so that we can become really good and spiritual.
Good and loving St. Joseph pray for us! Amen.”

With St. Arnold we pray:
“Good and loving St. Joseph, pray for us! Amen”.

Prayer to St. Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
(Pope Francis, Patris Code)

World Water Day, celebrated every March 22, reminds us of the importance of this vital element for the life of all living beings on planet Earth. The Laudato Si platform gives indications to all members of the great Arnoldine Family on the use and care of this divine gift for our life and mission. In a certain sense, the Maas River, on the banks of which the first mission house is located, is also part of our Arnoldine family…
Author: Saju George Aruvelil, SVD
What did Fr. Arnold leave us at the time of his death? Did he leave anything that is worthwhile for us who live in the year 2023, 114 years after his death? Yes, he did and in the first place I want to mention that he left us the love of the Blessed Trinity as the foundation of his life. He said: “The Triune God tells us: Before the foundation of the world I have already chosen you and loved you with never ending love…”
Author: Jurgen Ommerborn, SVD
This book is about the documents of the 15th General Chapter of our Society. The results of the general chapter is basically twofold: the Chapter Statement entitled Listening to the Spirit: Our Missionary Response Today (Part I) and Other Decisions of the Chapter (Part II) which include decisions on constitutional and procedural changes, resolutions, recommendations, other statements, and a review of the resolutions of the XIV general chapter of 1994.
Author: SVD Generalate
Here I am, Lord! One day, when I was still very young, you called me to follow your ways. You ignited a passion within me, and I knew there was no turning back…
Author: Sr. Ana Elidia C. Neves, SSpS
Author: Fr. Jürgen Ommerborn, SVD
Subject: Arnold Janssen, St. Michael’s Mission House