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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20 April in Spiritan Anniversaries

Gabon 1857: Frère Grégoire dies at sea on the way home to France for medical treatment. A native of Bordeaux, he was in the first group of Libermann’s missionaries to the west coast of Africa. He survived the disaster of Guinée and travelled on with Père Bessieux to Gabon, working there for 13 years.

Congo Kinshasa 1891: The Spiritans hand over the missions of Boma and Nemlao to the Scheut Fathers.

Germany 1908: First Spiritan missionary calendar produced. It was eventually printed on their own press at Knechtsteden.

East Africa 1920: By the end of the first half of the year, nearly all the German missionaries have been repa-triated after the war: 12 priests and 26 brothers.