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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26 August in Spiritan Anniversaries

Ireland 1866: The first two Irish Spiritans are ordained to the priesthood: Fr Thomas Bracken is appointed to Sierra Leone and Fr William Power to Chandernagor in India.

Portugal 1872: The General Council sets up the community of Braga to replace that of Santarém-Gibraltar. It is dedicated to St. Geraldo, the patron of Braga.

C.S.Sp. 1882: Opening of the 5th General Chapter at Chevilly which will last for two days. The 32 capitulants (20 present and 12 by letter) elect Ambrose Emonet as the 14th Superior General.

France 1914: Père Daniel Brottier volunteers as a military chaplain at the outbreak of the First World War and is appointed to the 26th Infantry Division. His courage and devotion during the next four years gain him the respect and admiration of all.

South Africa 1985: P. Joseph Zeph, aged 50, is stabbed to death by robbers in the mission of Sheridan. He arrived in the Diocese of Bethlehem in 1963 and was Vicar General from 1979-1982.