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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1 September in Spiritan Anniversaries

Gabon 1845: Libermann writes to Bessieux: “Now that we have been given better news about the healthiness of the climate in Gabon, we have decided to send you more men as soon as possible“.

Holy Heart of Mary 1846: Having arrived at Marseille on September 1st, Père Libermann visits several ma-jor seminaries in the west of France and returns to La Neuville on September 28th. The Society buys the Trappist monastery of Notre Dame du Garde.

USA 1880: After two years, there are already 150 students in the upper school and the group of brothers expelled from Germany begins to build a large house in the “Golden Triangle” where the two rivers meet in the centre of Pittsburgh.

Makurdi 1902: Mgr. Leo Lejeune, the Prefect Apostolic of the Lower Niger, celebrates the first Mass at Ibi on the river Benue in what was to become the District of Makurdi. He was on an exploratory visit up the rivers Niger and Benue. He subsequently de-cided to open the new mission at Dekina in Bassa country.