The Spiritan Family in Latin America had the 13th “Encontrão” (Big meeting), from the 30th of January to the 3rd of February in Ypacarai, Paraguay.
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.
Francis Libermann Novena, in preparation for 2 February 2018, composed by the Spiritan Community of the Philippines.
Bishop Ludwig Herbst, Spiritan Bishop, died in Cruzeiro do Sul on the 31st of December 2017. He was the titular bishop of Cruzeiro do Sul, in Brazil, from 1979 to 2000.
Pakistan / Philippines / Taiwan / Vietnam / India
Spiritans returned to India in 2009 for several reasons, the pioneer being Fr. Gabriel Myotte Duquet of the French Province.
The Spiritan presence dates from December 1977. From that time to now 25 Spiritans from 7 different countries have lived and worked here.
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.
2017 marks 20 years of Spiritan presence in Taiwan.