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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23 April in Spiritan Anniversaries

Canada 1738: Père Le Loutre, formed in the spirituality of Poullart des Places, devotes himself totally to the cause of the Acadians in present-day Nova Scotia, both before and after their forced deportation by the English in 1755.

U.S.A. 1745: First recorded presence of a Spiritan in what is now the USA: Père Pierre Maillard at Boston.

C.S.Sp. 1765: Père François Becquet succeeds Père Bou•c after his long period as Superior General (1710-1763). He will lead the Congregation right up to the eve of the French Revolution (1788) and build the present chapel at rue Lhomond.

St. Pierre & Miquelon 1765: Père Manach, the first Prefect Apostolic, failed to arrive at the islands because of unfavourable winds. He ended up in the West Indies.