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Welcome To Society Of Jesus Mary Joseph Raipur

                     REV.FR.MATHIAS WOLFF SJ
                                     06-03- 1779   to  31-10-1857

Rev. Fr. Mathias Wolff was born in a simple family of Mathias Wolff and Anna Marie Zenner, on March 6, 1779 in Diekirch, Luxembourg in Europe at the end of the 18th century at the time of French revolution.Though he had a strong desire to be a Jesuit, it was impossible due to the suppression of the Jesuit order from 1773 onwards.

He was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1802 and devoted hislife in priestly work in different parishes.When the Jesuit Order was restored, he did a year of Novitiate under the Jesuits in Belgium in 1815 thus becoming Fr. Mathias Wolff S.J. He knew that he was surrendering himself for ‘Ad Majorem Deum Gloria’ – i.e. for the greater honour and glory of God, totally dedicating himself to God in the service of others.In 1816 Mathias Wolff ended his novitiate in Belgium. Together with his fellow novice, priest like him, he received his mission:, the mission in the Netherlands. In 1816 on his arrival in Holland he sensed a crying need for Catholic schools. Fully aware of the prevailing political conditions, his vision and mission were focused on the education of the Catholics, so that they could have an equal footing with others in public life.
Fr. de Hasque and Fr. Mathias Wolff took charge of  the parish of Culemborg, which had been administered by the Jesuits ever since the 17th century, but had no longer any priest since the death of the last Jesuit in 1815. Both priests' saw as their first task; bringing to life the slumbering or disappeared religiousness, building up the parish of the Culemborg.July 1822, his Provincial appointed him the Superior of the Dutch Jesuit Stations; For the Culemborg parish priest already overloaded with work, this was a small gratuitous extra burden! But Fr. Mathias Wolff humbly accepted the responsibility in obedience. Under the given circumstances Wolff was the ideal leader of the Dutch Jesuit Stations.

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