Janssen was born in Goch, Germany, near the Dutch border. He was ordained a priest in 1861. Janssen purchased land in Steyl (Netherlands) to begin his seminary, dedicated in 1875 as "St. Michael the Archangel Mission House". Within a few years, many seminarians, priests and brothers were preparing for missionary service there, and the first two missionaries, Joseph Freinademetz and John Anzer, were sent to China .
St. Janssen also founded two congregations of religious Sisters: The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (members known as "Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit") in December, 1889, and the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration ("Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration") in 1896.
The saint was canonized due to the miraculous healing of a Philippine teenager living in Baguio who fell down on a bike and was not expected to recover from a head wound. Following prayers to St Arnold, she was healed.
Biography _ Society of the Divine Word (http://www.svd.org/arnold.html)
Biography _ Vatican News Service (http://www.vatican.va/news-services/liturgy/saints/ns-lit-doc-20031005-janssen-en.html)
In 1909, the year ArnoldJanssen died, there were 1500 Priests, Brothers, Missionary and Adoration Sisters in China, Italy, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, USA, Chile, Japan and the Philippines.
ArnoldJanssen was born on 5 November 1837 in Goch, Germany.
As a young man ArnoldJanssen studied mathematics and natural sciences in Muenster and Bonn, graduating with a teaching qualification for all high school subjects.
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