About the Spiritans

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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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8 February in Spiritan Anniversaries

Australia 1846: The two surviving priests of the Con-gregation of the Heart of Mary, Joseph Thiersé and the two lay-brothers, Vincent and Theodore, leave Perth for King George Sound.

Sierra Leone 1953: Fr Thomas Brosnahan from Nigeria and Ireland is appointed the first residential Bishop of Freetown and Bo. He undertakes a major campaign in the expansion of primary and secondary schools. Many new personnel are appointed from the Province of Ireland.

Haiti 1957: The reign of terror of the Duvalier family. The Spiritans try to defend the people and look after the young. Père Grienenberger, the superior, as well as his successor, are expelled from the country. The others would follow soon after.

Nigeria 1957: Establishment of Holy Ghost Noviciate, Awo-Omamma.