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 May in Spiritan Anniversaries

Guyane 1852: A decree is issued establishing the prison (Le Bagne) in Guyane. It will be abolished 86 years later in 1938.

Brazil 1950: Bishop Hascher, P. Sonnenschein and P. Klein arrive at Bom Sucesso in the State of Sao Paulo to prepare for a foundation of the German Spiritans in south Brazil.

Nigeria 1992: The District of Kwara-Benue, run by the Canadian Spiritans, changes its name to the District of Kogi.

Spain 1997: A close associate, Maria Louisa Mora, who wishes to be more united to the mission of the Congregation, makes an apostolic promise on the day of Pentecost in the presence of the parish community of Ciudad Real and the Spiritan confreres of Madrid.