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 July in Spiritan Anniversaries

USA 1932: The Holy See names an American citizen, Fr. Joseph Byrne, as Vicar Apostolic of Kilimanjaro in East Africa, a Vicariat it entrusts to the U.S. Province.

Sierra Leone 1952: Bishop Ambrose Kelly is the first Spiritan Bishop to die in Sierra Leone; he is buried in Free-town.

Nigeria 1952: Fr. John Jordan founds the Holy Ghost Juniorate at Ihiala, the main source of vocations for the future Province.

Makurdi 1954: The Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary come to the Prefecture of Makurdi and help to run the combined hospital in Otukpo town.