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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24 July in Spiritan Anniversaries

East Africa 1862: The Spiritans take on responsibility for East Africa and Zanzibar.

USA 1897: Official opening of a clerical noviciate at Cornwells Heights, near Philadelphia, with about ten novices. The house also serves as a senior seminary and from 1905 as a junior seminary. It is now a pre-paratory school.

C.S.Sp. 1938: Opening of the 10th General Chapter (24-31 July) with 68 capitulants and 4 observers. Mgr. Le Hunsec is re-elected Superior General. The Chap-ter accepts modifications to the Constitutions and approves the General Customary of the Congregation.

C.S.Sp. 1950: Opening of the 11th General Chapter (July 24-5 August) with 82 capitulants. Fr. Francis Griffin of the Irish Province is elected the 17th Superior General of the Congregation.

C.S.Sp. 1962: Opening of the 12th General Chapter of the Congregation at Chevilly (July 24-August 13) with 75 capitulants. Mgr. Marcel Lefebvre is elected the 18th. Superior General of the Congregation.