|8 Spiritan Communities:|
|1910||Erection of Vice-Province of Belgium and the Netherlands (including Luxembourg). The first superior of this new circumscription is Père Sébire. (Belgium/Holland 1910-01-29)|
|1912||The senior scholasticate opens at Louvain. Until now, candidates from Belgium did their novitiate and studies in France. (Belgium 1912-02-16)|
|1913||The brothers' novitiate is transferred from Donk to Baarle-Nassau in the Netherlands. (Belgium 1913-02-09)|
|1919||The school at Lierre is taken up again as well as the senior scholasticate at Leuven. The novices go to Orly. The French Spiritans leave Gentinnes which then becomes a junior seminary for francophone Bel-gian students. Leuven is also the residence of the Provincial and the mission Procure. (Belgium 1919-06-13)|
|1922||The "Holy Ghost Fathers" are legally incorporated into Belgium. (Belgium 1922-04-22)|
|1931||Belgian/Netherlands province was split into two provinces. Père Sébire, the superior before the division, becomes the first provincial of Belgium. (Belgium/Netherlands 1931-01-09)|
|1931||Up until the separation of Belgium and Holland in 1931, there were many common formation houses: Lier, Gentinnes, Leuven, Gemeert, Weert, Donk, Baarle-Nassau, Bonsecours, Gennep and Inglemunster. After the split, Gentinnes and Leuven were the main formation houses of the Belgian Province. (Belgium 1931-04-26)|
|1961||Père Albert Forgeur (Belgium), chaplain to the gendarmes of Katanga, is killed while helping a soldier who is gravely wounded. His body is thrown into the Lualaba river. (Congo Kinshasa 1961-04-08)|
|1962||20 confreres (19 Belgian and 1 Dutch) are killed at Kongolo (Democratic Republic of Congo). A national memorial service is held in Brussels, led by Cardinal Suenens in the presence of the King. (Congo Kinshasa 1962-01-01)|
|1963||Building starts on the "Kongolo Memorial" at Gentinnes. It will be inaugurated five years later in the presence of the King and Queen of Belgium. On the walls are commemorated the names of the 217 missionaries- catholic, protestant, religious and lay- who were killed during the political upheavals in Congo Zaire. (Belgium 1963-06-24)|
|1977||Ordination of Père G. Connerotte. Since then, there have been no more ordinations for the Province. (Belgium 1977-06-25)|
|1980||A house is bought at Blanden for the mission procure. Another house is purchased at Veltem-Beisem for the Provincialate, and the Spiritans leave Leuven. (Belgium 1980-11-02)|
|1991||The Provincialate is transferred to Gentinnes and the bursar's office to Nijlen. (Belgium 1991-11-27)|
As part of the final phase of its Animation Plan, the general council asked the Center for Spiritan Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (CSS) to organize an essay competition on Spiritan Mission Today among professed Spiritans in formation worldwide.
Dakar welcomed with open arms and heart the Spiritan Formators coming from the four corners of the earth: 32 in all, accompanied by the Superior General and four members of the Generalate, the Provincial and some PANO con-freres, invited speakers and translators. The meeting is taking place at La Pouponnière Center of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary (FMM), with Fathers Bede Ukwuije, João Dimba and Florentine Mallya of the Generalate in Rome as the organizers.
At the end of the ad limina visit to the Vatican, the Bishops of Angola went to the Generalate of the Spiritan Missionaries in Rome this Saturday, to visit John Fogarty, as well as all the General Councillors and Service Coordinators of the Congregation, based in Rome.
Letter from the Superior General on the occasion of the Fest of Pentecost. “May the coming of the Spirit this Pentecost renew our hope, our confidence and our courage in the midst of the difficulties and challenges our mission entails and empower us anew in his service.”
Of note at this forum is the youthfulness of most of the participants with a good representation from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom are recent arrivals at their places of mission. This highlights the importance the Congregation attaches to interreligious dialogue: it continues to find within itself the personnel that will enable it to be consistent with its missionary priorities.
Fr. Marc Whelan, Provincial of Ireland, explains the reasons behind the meeting held in Rome (June 1-2, 2018).
The Archbishop of Owerri has given us an interview on May 9, 2018. He speaks about the contribution of the Spiritans to the history of the Church in his country, and about the meaning of their presence now.
Fr. John Dimba was born in Mozambique in 1969. During the civil war, like millions of other people, had to flee the country. It was in a refugee camp that he met the spiritans and was attracted by their simple lifestyle and their service to the poor. Today, he is a spiritan and believes that…
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, has informed our Superior General, Fr. John Fogarty, that Pope Francis has decided to put an end to the status of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon as a Vicariate Apostolic. From the 1st of March 2018 the islands will be incorporated into the diocese of La Rochelle. The Pope has made this decision so as to adapt the islands to the present pastoral situation.
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Talk by Fr. John McFadden, Superior of the General House in Rome, on the 2nd of February 2018.
In December 2017, Jude Nnorom the coordinator of our Spiritan JPIC desk in Rome visited Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, home to over 140 thousand refugees, from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries in Africa.
Our Spiritan mission in Vietnam arose out of a number of circumstances: the presence of vietnamese confreres in the US Province, the interest shown by a local group of religious in Vietnam to join our community, the desire to expand our mission in Asia, the need to search for vocations in new areas.
On 12 December 1977, feastday of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Patroness of the Philippines, four Spiritans from four different continents, landed in this country. They based themselves in Iligan, in northern Mindanao. There, they began their ministry, in a region where the local Church most needed them.
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The Spiritans in Portugal have just published a new issue of “Missão Espiritana” dedicated to the late Fr. José Manuel Sabença.
Spiritan Superiors and formators from Africa and the Islands together with representatives from the Generalate in Rome, met for their bi-annual meeting from 22nd until the 27th August 2017, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
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We, members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, participants in the Enlarged General Council, which took place at the Casa di Esercizia of the Passionists in Rome from 19th June-2nd July 2016, return to our missions with an enormous sense of gratitude.
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Throughout 1851, Fr. Libermann exchanged a series of letters with Mgr. Kobès, coadjutor to the Vicar Apostolic of the Two Guineas (Mgr. Bessieux). Three months before he died, Libermann wrote a long letter that can be seen as his apostolic and spiritual testament