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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21 November in Spiritan Anniversaries

Ireland 1863: Brother Florentin Mathews is appointed to The Gambia: he is the first Irish Spiritan to serve in Africa.

Senegambia 1866: Feast of the Presentation: At Nga-zobil, Marie-Joseph Dorsay takes the habit and enters the Congregation of the Holy Spirit with two other scholastics. He dies in 1869.

Senegambia 1900: The death of Père Jean Lacombe, the first Spiritan from Senegambia, “worn out after a long and fruitful apostolic career”. The formation house at Dakar is named after him.

Alto-Jurua 1931: Foundation of the Prelature of Alto- Jurua by Spiritans from Germany.

TransCanada 1996: Opening of the new Laval House in Toronto, a residence combined with Provincial offices.