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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1 July in Spiritan Anniversaries

Guyane 1777: Letters patent issued, giving the Semi-naire du Saint-Esprit pastoral responsibility for Guyane.

Gabon 1849: The frigate “Pénélope” seizes the slave-ship “Eliza” with 46 slaves on board from Congo and Loango. They are put ashore in Gabon, close to the French Fort d’Aumale: as a result, the place is given the name of “Libreville”.

USA 1888: Fr. Patrick McDermott becomes pastor of St. Benedict the Moor in Pittsburgh, the first parish for African-Americans entrusted to the Congregation and the forerunner of many others.

Portugal 1909: Death of P. Joseph Eigenmann, the great builder of the Province of Portugal. Nearly all the work of building the Province prior to the revolu-tion of 1910 was due to him.