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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29 September in Spiritan Anniversaries

Guyane 1798: Arrival of the ship “La Bayonnaise”, carrying 120 priests who had refused to take the oath imposed by the revolutionaries on priests in France. They were condemned for life to the island prison just off the coast of Guyane.

Portugal 1867: The Patriarch of Lisbon, Bishop Manuel Bento Rodrigues, approves the foundation of the seminary for the Congo at Santarém.

Ethiopia 1996: The team builds and opens a primary school in Darito (Sidamo). This is one of the areas where we go for the preaching of the Gospel.

Pakistan 1996: Visitation by Père Pierre Schouver, Superior General. Marc Tyrant returns after Urdu studies. A Marwan school is opened in Chack 23 (Rahin Yar Khan). A theological group is started for lay people (Mukatab-e-Anaween) in Sukkur.