About the Spiritans


We are a Roman Catholic Religious Congregation of nearly three thousand members, founded in 1703. Our missions are spread worldwide. While we may be found involved in many diverse ministries, we have dedicated ourselves to working with the poor and in those situations where the Church has difficulty in finding ministers.

One Heart. One Spirit.

  • We seek first to allow the Spirit to transform us in our heart and soul
  • We are open to the Spirit alive in others
  • We go and share the Spirit wherever people are suffering

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23 May in Spiritan Anniversaries

C.S.Sp. 1896: Opening of the 6th General Chapter in the noviciate at Orly. There are 54 capitulants. For the first time, the Chapter works with commissions. Mgr. Leon Le Roy is elected as the 15th Superior General.

Ireland 1911: Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin is acquired by Fr John Murphy, Provincial. The first clerical Spiritan noviciate in Ireland is inaugurated with Fr Michael Kelly as master of novices. A brothers’ noviciate is also set up. A school of philosophy begins there with 11 scholastics who follow classes at the National University. With these new developments, Ireland officially becomes a Province of the Congregation.

Cape Verde 1944: P. Augusto Nogueira de Sousa is the first Spiritan to work on the island of Maio.

Central African Province 1999: The Province of Central Africa is erected on the Feast of Pentecost with its headquarters at Douala in Cameroon.