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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27 February in Spiritan Anniversaries

France 1679: Baptism of Claude-François Poullart des Places in the church of St. Peter and St. George. His godfather is Count Claude de Marbeuf, president of the parliament of Brittany: “a high and powerful Lord”!

Rome 1853: Arrival in Rome of Père Louis-Marie Barazer de Lannurien, “to establish a house of the Congregation and, if possible, a French seminary” (General Council 26.03.1853).

Tefé 1927: Arrival of the first group of German Spiritans in the Prefecture Apostolic of Tefé.

Cameroon 1936: The “Ad Lucem” foundation sends person-nel for a medical establishment. It is still in existence today.