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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21 September in Spiritan Anniversaries

France 1709: Louis Bouic is ordained priest by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal de Noailles, 11 days before the death of Claude Poullart des Places. A few months later, he will become his 2nd successor.

Libermann 1841: Three days after his ordination, François Libermann celebrates Mass for the first time at the convent of the sisters of Louvencourt (near La Neuville).

United Kingdom 1904: On this day, as a result of the anti-clerical legislation of the French Government, it is decided to set up a noviciate in England for the Irish candidates who had been studying in France. Prior Park thus becomes the first Spiritan house in Britain.

Netherlands 1911: Opening of the first noviciate of the Dutch-Belgian Province at Louvain. There are 9 novices from Holland and 5 from Belgium. The novice master is Père Charles Luttenbacher.

France 1923: Opening of the house of philosophy at the Abbaye Blanche, Mortain.