The Spiritan Charism
The charism of a Religious Congregation refers to its founding vision.
- Its distinctive spirit with which it feels called by God to live the Gospel message;
- The way members perceive and relate to the world;
- The ethos that marks its internal life and the works that it undertakes.
Spiritan founder, Claude Poullart des Places, felt called by God to found a community dedicated to educating poor seminarians. Our charism allows us to be true to this original inspiration and intuitions of the founder, within the changing circumstances of the contemporary world.
Today we realize that the charism of a Religious Congregation is also shared by lay people, single and married, who feel drawn by the same vision.
Rule of Life
The Congregation of the Holy Spirit expresses its charism in its current Rule of Life: The evangelization of the “poor” (cf. Lk 4:18) is our purpose.
In faithfulness to the intuitions of our Founders, to their experiences and to the living tradition of our Congregation, we give preference to an apostolate that takes us to:
- those who have not yet heard the Gospel message or those who have scarcely heard it;
- those oppressed and most disadvantaged, as a group or as individuals;
- places where the Church has difficulty in finding workers.
Our mission of evangelization also includes the “integral liberation” of people, taking action for justice and peace and participating in development. We must make ourselves “the advocates, the supporters and the defenders of the weak and the little ones against all who oppress them” (Rule of 1849).
We consider the following to be especially important tasks for our times:
- Youth apostolate, because the present situation of young people is crying out more than ever for social and educational works.
- Work with refugees, with immigrants and with those on the margins of society.
- Education, both formal and informal.
We are dedicated to the Holy Spirit, author of all holiness and “source of the apostolic spirit”.
We place ourselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was filled beyond measure by the same Spirit “with the fullness of holiness and apostolic zeal.”