|16 Spiritan Communities:|
|1792||Père Jacques Bertout becomes the first known Spiritan to work in mainland Britain. He flees to England at the French Revolution and works somewhere in Yorkshire for the next 10 years. He returns to France in 1802 and his dying uncle, Père Duflos (the 5th Superior General), asks him to revive the Congregation and Seminary. (United Kingdom 1792-09-10)|
|1841||Père Jacques Laval arrives in England on his way to Mauritius. After a short stay waiting for a ship in the East End of London, he finally sets sail on June 4th on board the "Tangora", bound for Bombay via Mauritius. (United Kingdom 1841-05-13)|
|1863||The Spiritans are invited by the Arch-bishop of Birmingham to accept a parish in his dio-cese. The offer is declined, as well as another request to take on the parish of Culpar in Scotland. (United Kingdom 1863-01-30)|
|1904||Mgr Le Roy, Superior General, and Fr Larry Healy, Provincial of Ireland, agree to rent a property at Prior Park, near Bath. The noviciate for future Irish clerics and brothers opens there on 8 October 1904, with Fr. John T. Murphy as novice master, and continues until 1907. (United Kingdom 1904-06-01)|
|1904||On this day, as a result of the anti-clerical legislation of the French Government, it is decided to set up a noviciate in England for the Irish candidates who had been studying in France. Prior Park thus becomes the first Spiritan house in Britain. (United Kingdom 1904-09-21)|
|1907||On 24 December, Castlehead in Grange-over-Sands becomes the first Spiritan property owned by the Congregation in Britain. On 27 December, the community at Prior Park arrives to take up residence in this new home. (United Kingdom 1907-12-27)|
|1912||St Joseph's Parish, Peasley Cross, St Helens, is taken on by the Irish Province; because of its proximity to the port of Liverpool, it will also serve as a base for Spiritans leaving for the mis-sions. The parish is closed in 1995. Although pastoral responsibility has long since passed to the English Province, two confreres from the Irish Province are running the parish at the time of its closure. (United Kingdom 1912-10-03)|
|1918||Hugh McGarry becomes the first former student of Castlehead junior seminary to be ordained priest (in Fribourg). (United Kingdom 1918-12-21)|
|1919||Mgr. Le Roy and the General Council decide to create the Vice-Province of England as from 1 January 1920. Mgr. Le Roy writes to the Irish Provincial, "As for the future Province of England, administrative separation seems to me to be essential and from 1 January, Ireland will have gained a daughter". On 3 November 1921, Fr. John Rimmer, Vice-Provincial and Superior of St. Mary's College, Castlehead, is recognised by the British Government as the official representative of the Congregation in Britain. (United Kingdom 1919-12-27)|
|1946||The Vice-Province of England becomes a Province with the Provincial House at Bickley, Kent. This house also becomes a centre for late vocations and over the years produces 33 Spiritans. (England 1946-02-19)|
|1947||The Prefecture of the Benue is confided to the English Province and soon after becomes the Prefecture of Otukpo. The first four members of the Canadian Province arrive in the Prefecture. (Makurdi 1947-02-07)|
|1948||The Benue Province of Nigeria, previously staffed by members of the German Province, is confided to the Province of England. The same area now covers four dioceses with their own local bishops and clergy. More than 50 British Spiritans have since served in the area. (Makurdi 1948-03-20)|
|1956||The first Spiritan house in Scotland is opened at Uddingston in Glasgow. It thus becomes the most northerly house in the whole of the Congregation. (United Kingdom 1956-06-17)|
|1973||The only Spiritan house in Scotland is transferred from Uddingston to Carfin; it will continue with vocations work and youth apostolate. The first superior is Scottish Spiritan, Fr. Frank O'Donnell. (United Kingdom 1973-10-26)|
|1976||The junior seminary at Castle-head closes. During its 70 years of existence, it produced 150 future missionaries. (United Kingdom 1976-07-31)|
|1989||The parish of St Matthew on the island of Jersey is confided to the Spiritans so as to form a community base for work with the Portu-guese community. The Portuguese parish, which will cover the whole island, will be called "Our Lady of Fatima". (United Kingdom 1989-05-09)|
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