Br. Silas Henderson, SDS, named executive director of Tucson-based Jordan Ministry Team

Brother Silas Henderson, a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (the “Salvatorians”) was named April 8 the executive director of the Jordan Ministry Team, a collaborative initiative of the Salvatorian Family of priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members.

The Jordan Ministry Team was established by the Salvatorians to serve in the Diocese of Tucson in 2001 and provides faith formation and education programs for parishes, Catholic schools, lay ministers, and deacons in a region covering more than 42,000 miles in southern Arizona.

In his work as executive director, Brother Silas will oversee program development, fundraising efforts, and staff formation, as well as continue his work as a catechist, formator, and retreat leader. The Jordan Ministry Team is named in honor of Venerable Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, who established the Salvatorian religious community in Rome in 1881.

Brother Silas (Shawn) Henderson is a native of Oak Ridge and was a parishioner of St. Mary Church there. A graduate of Clinton High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, La., and a master’s degree in theological studies from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind.

Brother Silas later served in parish ministry in Louisville, Ky., and as the managing editor for Abbey Press Publications and Deacon Digest Magazine. Brother Silas is currently a candidate for the ecumenical doctor of ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union of Chicago and is the author of four books and numerous articles and reflections that have appeared in U.S. and U.K. Catholic publications.

Brother Silas became a member of the Society of the Divine Savior in 2016. To learn more about the work of the Jordan Ministry Team, visit

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