“We give preference to an apostolate that take us to (…) those oppressed and most disadvantaged, as a group or as individuals” (SRL 12 and 14).
Direct Service of the Most Disadvantaged
Examples of this effort are the integral development of peoples, work with refugees, migrants and displaced persons; work with prisoners and young delinquents, with victims of AIDS, with drug addicts, with the marginalized in the cities, and with cultural minorities.
Defense of the Weak and Oppressed, Commitments to Justice
Examples are analysis of situations, making people aware of their rights, siding with victims; sharing in information networks on injustice; action to influence political and economic decisions; lobbying in collaborations with other congregations; and promoting the dignity of women in church and society.
Promoting Peace and Reconciliation
We perform this by promoting peace, resolving conflicts, forgiveness, reconciling and healing the wounds of violence.
Working for the Integrity of Creation, for the Quality of Human Life
Examples are studies and actions to safeguard the environment; and struggle against degradation, against air, water, soil pollution and deforestation.
Education, an important area of social involvement which is also a place for the Gospel to be announced (an integral part of our tradition: cf. SRL 18).
Examples of this are literacy courses, education at all levels – especially for disadvantaged children and young people; technical education, informal education; moral and spiritual education; training of teachers (cf. Maynooth 2.13-2.16). Spiritans are being asked by governments and Bishops to get more and more involved in education, especially in Africa.
Ministry of Refugees, Migrants and Displaced People
Work with refugees has become an especially important task in recent years. Confreres in early years of appointment as well as more experienced ones are invited to take part. We realize the importance of this service and we would like several to offer themselves for it. Of immediate concern for us are the projects for refugees from Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Asylum seekers, migrants and refugees arriving in Europe from other parts of the world like North and South America.