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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9 October in Spiritan Anniversaries

Canada 1892: Arrival of the first 4 Sister Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, founded by Père Delaplace, the secretary of Libermann.

Ireland 1902: Fr Joseph Shanahan sets out from Ireland for Southern Nigeria where he is made Prefect Apostolic in 1905 and Vicar Apostolic in 1920. He is ordained Bishop in Maynooth College on 6 June, 1920.

Pakistan 1996: Work begins on the new house at Sadiqabad.

Guinée Conakry 1996: The Spiritans (Armel Duteil and Christopher Nze) return to the Mission of Mongo, which has been without a priest since 1967. In the area, there are more than 200,000 refugees from neighbouring countries.