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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26 January in Spiritan Anniversaries

Germany 1845: Père Libermann writes about his new Congregation in the “Katholik”, a newspaper, founded by Bishops Raess of Starsbourg and Weis of Spire that covers the whole of Germany.

St-Coeur de Marie 1848: Date of a letter from Liber-mann to Eliman, the King of Dakar, after the death of Mgr. Truffet. In it he says, “I have given my heart en-tirely to the Africans”.

C.S.Sp. 1852: Francis Libermann receives the last sac-raments from Père Le Vavasseur. He asks whom he wishes to lead the Congregation in his place.

Madagascar 1938: Apostolic Vicariate of Mahajanga is cut off from a territory in the north to form the Prefec-ture Apostolic of Ambanja (a name given to it in 1938).