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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24 April in Spiritan Anniversaries

East Africa 1862: As a result of negotiations between Rome and the Congregation, including the interven-tion of Mgr. Maupoint C.S.Sp., Apostolic Delegate for East Africa, the Superior General (Schwindenhammer) agrees to take on the mission of Zanguebar.

France 1920: The Congregation buys the property of Allex and transfers there the junior seminary of St. Joseph; it had been started at Beauvais and subse-quently moved to Seyssinet and Susa (in Italy) before settling at Allex.

Congo Kinshasa 1956: Erection of the new Vicariat of Kindu. It is made up of the northern part of Kongolo and the southern part of Stanleyville (Kisangani).

Angola 1992: P. Abilio Guerra (47) of Portugal is killed in mysterious circumstances at Luanda; he is taken from the entrance of the Provincialate and found dead on the following day in the outskirts of the town.