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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6 March in Spiritan Anniversaries

Sierra Leone 1867: Two Spiritan Brothers take charge of St Edward’s School which houses 130 pupils. Fr Blanchet leaves Freetown for Senegal, but later re-turns as Pro-Vicar of the Church in Sierra Leone; this is the first time it is separated from Liberia, Guinea and the remainder of West Africa.

U.S.A. 1877: The first Junior Seminary starts at Ross Manor: it is transferred to Perrysville a few months later.

Brazil SW 1963: Fr Timothy O’Driscoll, the Irish Provincial, and Fr Patrick Walsh, the second Assistant, arrive in Rio de Janeiro to spend a month in Brazil in contact with the German and Dutch Provincials for the purpose of beginning an Irish Province foundation in Brazil.

Spain 1978: A team from Spain and Portugal leave for Paraguay. They will reinforce the Spiritan interna-tional group and will be working in the mission of Lima in the diocese of San Pedro.