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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25 August in Spiritan Anniversaries

Congo 1883: Starting from Landana, Père Carrie sets up the mission of Loango, near Pointe Noire. He sends Père Augourd to start the mission of St. Joseph at Linzolo.

France 1913: The first Chapter of the Province of France. It lasts for one day. The subsequent “Chap-ters”, which consist of a Conference at the end of the annual retreat, are known as “administrative and dis-ciplinary Chapters”. The first Chapter as we know it today will take place in 1970.

Canada 1938: Start of the clerical noviciate at Collège Saint-Alexandre. The following year will see the opening of a philosophicum and, in 1940, a theologate.

Guadeloupe 1945: On the death of Mgr. Genoud, Mgr. Gay takes over as bishop for the next 23 years. He starts the weekly publication ‘Clartés’ and opens five new parishes: Massabielle (1948), Grands Fonds (1950), Cadet La Boucan (1951), Prise d’Eau (1953) and Ra-izet (1959).