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St. Arnold Janssen
Arnold Janssen was born on November 5, 1837 in the Town of Goch, Germany, a town near the Dutch Border. Arnold was the second child of a typical family of the region: very large, not blessed with the goods of this world yet contented, industrious and loyal to the Catholic faith. His parents, Gerhard Johann Janssen and Anna Katharina Janssen, raised them in an atmosphere of deep faith and prayer.
He was an altar server at a very young age and ordained a diocesan priest in 1861. Arnold was very much a man of his time, a time of authoritarian government and strict social mores. His prayer was bound by structures which were never questioned, inherited as they were from past generations.
Arnold Janssen was of average intelligence, neither a good speaker nor singer, and not especially attractive. His talent for studies was limited, but he made up for this lack by perseverance and dedication. Mathematics and Natural Science were his preferences. As a teacher, Arnold was too dry and rigid to be loved by his students but he did earn their respect.
In response to the need for foreign missionaries, Father Arnold Janssen established three Congregations dedicated to the work of evangelization: in 1875, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD); in 1889, the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), known in the Philippines as the Holy Spirit Sisters; and in 1896, the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP), commonly called the Pink Sisters. In 1912, the first SSpS came to the Philippines in Tayum, Abra, and the following years established different stations in the country.
In May 1937, four Sisters - Sister Dolorata, Sister Lourdes Malabuyoc, Sister Marista and Sister Vianette - came all the way from Manila in response to the challenge put forth to the SSpS Congregation by the late Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Michael O. Doherty, DD, to extend its educational apostolate in Bulacan, making Malolos its base for the Congregation's school ministry. To the four fell the challenge of laying the foundations of Immaculata Academy. Sister Dolorata was named superior-principal of the community and the elementary school respectively that already existed as a parochial school in Malolos since 1919.