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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28 May in Spiritan Anniversaries

Rome 1853: Père Lannurien buys the old Irish College, close to Trajan’s column, to start the French Seminary of Rome. Three years later, the seminary moves to its present location in via Santa Chiara because more room is needed.

East Africa 1863: After seven years working in the island of Bourbon, Père Horner leaves for Zanzibar with three sisters of the Filles de Marie. On arrival, he meets up with Père Baur and Brothers Félicien and Célestin who have been appointed to the same mission.

Congo 1886: Rome confides to Mgr. Carrie the Vicariat of French Congo. The centre will be at Loango.

Nigeria 1952: The Holy Ghost Juniorate at Ihiala was established by Fr John Jordan, district superior of the Spiritans in the Onitsha – Owerri vicariate, as the first seminary for the future Nigerian Province.