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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9 December in Spiritan Anniversaries

Brazil Province 1955: The General Council confides the Federal States of Sao Paulo, Panama, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul to the German Province with a view to founding a new Province there.

Tanzania 1961: Tanganyika becomes independent. In 1964 it joins with Zanzibar and takes the new name of Tanzania.

Cameroon 1976: A meeting of all African Spiritans at Yaoundé.

Philippines/Taiwan 1997: The 8 members of these two new groups meet in Rome and go to Assisi for a few days reflection with Fr. Bernard Kelly, the 1st Assistant.