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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31 October in Spiritan Anniversaries

Makurdi 1930: The first German Spiritans reach Makurdi by train. They immediately start first evangelisation in the country of the Tivs, Idomas and Igalas. Very soon, they will begin to translate school and prayer books into the local languages.

Cape Verde 1964: P. José Maria de Sousa arrives in the country and is appointed superior. During his administration, land is bought for the Spiritan residence at Praia.

Gabon 1979: An organisation for encouraging vocations is set up for the whole country. The team moves around Gabon and establishes camps at Sindara during the long school holidays.

Rome 1999: Père Jean-Jacques Boeglin moves into a flat at Palmarola which will be the residence for the Spiritan team running the parish of Santa Brigida. The other members of the team, Peter Kilasara and Maciej Sierzputowski, will join him on November 2.