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Years on Fire: Passion for Mercy

Celebrations held at Most Holy Trinity in Tucson, AZ and St. John the Baptist in Silver Spring, MD “packed the house,” earlier this year. We are gearing up for our fall events, the first of which will be in Milwaukee on September 16th!

Fr. Joe Rodrigues SDS, U.S.A. Provincial, will lead an entertaining, multi-media concert filled with laughter, inspiration, dance and songs from his newly released CD, Mission of Mercy! Joining him will be Patti Munsen, also featured on the CD, and students from DSHA.

Early bird tickets are now on sale at http://bit.ly/MissionofMercyMKE We hope you will join us this fall: Milwaukee, WI – Sep. 16 Orangevale, CA – Oct. 14 Huntsville, AL – Nov. 11 Cookeville, TN – Nov. 18

For more information about an event in your area contact us at sds125@salvatorians.com or call our provincial office at 414-258-1735.

You can purchase Fr. Joe’s new music CD, Mission of Mercy, at http://bit.ly/MissionOfMercyCD. Proceeds will benefit Salvatorian mission outreach.

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Mission of Mercy CD


Joyful Announcement

The Society of the Divine Savior is happy to share that Fr. Michael C. Neeland SDS was ordained a Salvatorian priest this summer at St. Pius X Church in Wauwatosa, Wisc. Fr. Michael celebrated his first Mass the following day before travelling to his home town parish of St. John the Baptist in Alden, NY, to share his first Mass back home.

Prior to discerning life as a Salvatorian priest, he had been in a L’Arche Community in Tacoma, Wash. where he spent two years living among individuals with, and without, disabilities, in accordance with the beatitudes. “It’s life-changing to live alongside people who are different…who society turns its back on,” said Neeland. “You begin to see Christ in them. People are broken and saying to you ‘come into my life.’ You learn unconditional love.”

Ten years ago a priestly vocation was not even on Fr. Michael’s radar. He had served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT and had worked as a social worker for a nonprofit in Buffalo, N.Y. “It’s impossible for me to explain my ‘call’ but I fought it for a long time,” he shared. “I would look at situations and feel something.” He sensed God’s persistence, and in time answered the call to become a Salvatorian priest. Fr. Michael has been assigned to serve in Campus Ministry at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Fla starting this summer. “My prayer is a prayer of action. I’m looking forward to jumping into my ministry at FIT!”

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Newly ordained Fr. Mike Neeland SDS offers his first blessing to The Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee, WI

Fr. Michael C. Neeland SDS Ordained May 27, 2017


Maji nu Uhai - Water Means Life

Safe Water for Life and Dignity (SWLD) is a development program, which builds wells in rural Tanzania. The program was started by former seminarians from Jordan University in Morogoro, Tanzania. Fr. Dan Pekarske SDS, who passed away unexpectedly last fall, was a member of the U.S.A. province of the Society of the Divine Savior and had taught at the university. He helped to inspire these young men to serve the poor. SWLD is a unique organization which donates its time, works with people in villages, forms a water committee and educates the villagers regarding the care of the well.

The wells are “ring wells.” They are cost effective to build, require no electricity and very few repairs. This gift of clean, safe water to a village improves the health and the future of the 500-800 that benefit from each well. Disease and death due to unsafe water has been drastically reduced. Women no longer have to walk for hours carrying water and are now able to attend school. Crops are being irrigated and an entire village reaps the benefits of each well.

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The SWLD well in Morogoro, Tanzania has helped to make life healthier and profitable for villages.

Fr. Dan Pekarske SDS challenged us all to “Go and Make a Difference.”


Some Things Don’t Take a Vacation?

Fr. Francis Jordan’s vision was to serve people through all ways and means. He was determined to embrace the struggling, encourage the uncertain and meet basic needs so Jesus could be known to all. As summer continues to heat up and you are able to enjoy valuable time with friends and family rejuvenating, reconnecting or taking a vacation, please keep the Salvatorians in your prayers. And, if possible, consider making a summertime contribution.


And, please, consider a gift to the Society as you review your will and trusts.

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