|10 Spiritan Communities:|
|1866||The Superior General, Père Ignace Schwindenhammer, is appointed Prefect Apostolic of Congo with permission to delegate his authority to a Vice-Prefect of his choice: he chooses Père Joseph-Marie Poussot. (Congo 1866-01-14)|
|1873||Propaganda approves the setting up of a new mission in the Prefecture of the Congo. The chosen centre is Landana in Cabinda. It was from this base that the evangelisation of Congo Kinshasa was started. (Congo Kinshasa 1873-02-24)|
|1874||Spiritans make exploratory journeys along the river as far as Boma. In 1876, Père Carrie buys 5 hectares of land there for a future mission. (Congo Kinshasa 1874-04-11)|
|1880||Foundation of the mission of Boma by Pères Carrie and Visseq- the first in Belgian Congo. (Congo Kinshasa 1880-03-13)|
|1880||Foundation of the mission of Boma under the patronage of Our Lady of Victories. The Spiritans left Boma in 1888. The first priest from Zaire, l'Abbé Maombe, ordained in 1897, came from this mission. (Congo Kinshasa 1880-05-12)|
|1885||The Berlin Conference divides the region of the prefecture of the Congo between Portugal (Angola and the enclave of Cabinda), King Leopold II (the in-dependent State of the Congo) and France (French Congo). (Congo 1885-01-03)|
|1886||Foundation of the mission of St. Paul of Kasaï at Kwamouth (Mgr. Augourd, Père Sand and Frère Savinien). The Spiritans leave Kwa-mouth in 1887. (Congo Kinshasa 1886-05-18)|
|1888||Erection of the Vicariate Apostolic of Congo. Four Scheutist priests arrive in September in Zaire. They will soon take over Nemlao and Boma again. (Congo Kinshasa 1888-02-14)|
|1891||The Spiritans hand over the missions of Boma and Nemlao to the Scheut Fathers. (Congo Kinshasa 1891-04-20)|
|1907||The Apostolic Vicariat of French Lower Congo changes its name to the Apostolic Vicariat of Loango. The bishop is Mgr. Jean Derouet. (Congo 1907-04-22)|
|1907||The Spiritans return to the Congo. The first group consists of Père Callewaert (Belgium), Père Villetaz (Switzerland) and Pères Brangers and Viel (France). They start the mission at Kindu. (Congo Kinshasa 1907-07-30)|
|1909||Foundation of the mission of Kongolo by Frs. Villetaz and Brangers and Br. Euloge. (Congo Kinshasa 1909-03-09)|
|1911||Foundation of the mission of Lub-unda and erection of the Prefecture Apostolic of Northern Katanga.The new Prefect, Père Callewaert, resides at Lubunda. (Congo Kinshasa 1911-03-31)|
|1911||Foundation of Saint-Joseph de Lubunda (Mgr. Callewaert, Pères Windholtz, Ferry and Brangers: Frères Euloge. Constantin, Bruno and Gerlacus). (Congo Kinshasa 1911-04-07)|
|1922||Founding of the missions of Ankoro and Malela. Père Louis Lempereur succeeds Père Callewaert as Prefect Apostolic of North Katanga. He will be succeeded by Père Georges Hazaert in 1930. (Congo Kinshasa 1922-05-17)|
|1935||The Prefecture of northern Katanga is raised to a Vicariate. Mgr. G. Haezaert is ordained bishop. (Congo Kinshasa 1935-02-06)|
|1942||A Junior seminary is built at Kongolo. (Congo Kinshasa 1942-05-16)|
|1944||Ordination to the priesthood of the first local priest. (Congo Kinshasa 1944-02-16)|
|1956||Erection of the new Vicariat of Kindu. It is made up of the northern part of Kongolo and the southern part of Stanleyville (Kisangani). (Congo Kinshasa 1956-04-24)|
|1957||Creation of the new Apostolic Vicariat of Kindu with Mgr. Jean Fryns as bishop. (Congo Kinshasa 1957-04-12)|
|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)|
|1964||The Mulélistes rebels attack Kindu, killing many people. A Marist brother is killed and the Superior injured. At Kongolo, the only ones remaining are l'Abbé Nday (the future bishop), two Congolese brothers and 10 Congolese sisters. (Congo Kinshasa 1964-07-22)|
|1966||Père Albert Onyembo (Spiritan) is appointed bishop of Kindu. A Procure is opened at Lubumbashi to supply the missions of North-Katanga. (Congo Kinshasa 1966-06-25)|
|1977||At a meeting of the Major Superiors of central Africa in Bangui, it was decided to launch the Central African Foundation (FAC). (F.A.C. 1977-02-25)|
|1986||A third confrere from Zaire makes his profession in the EAP. Henceforth, students from Zaire will be trained in the Central African Foundation. (Congo Kinshasa 1986-01-27)|
|1986||The Council of Major Superiors meets with the Superior General at Brazzaville. (F.A.C. 1986-02-12)|
|1986||The General Council decides to set up a Spiritan Foundation in Zaire. (Congo Kinshasa 1986-04-03)|
|1986||The birth of the Foundation of Congo Kinshasa. (Congo Kinshasa 1986-04-07)|
|1988||Inauguration of the Seminaire Brottier at Libreville. (F.A.C. 1988-02-28)|
|1989||District of Kongolo becomes the District of Zaire. (Congo Kinshasa 1989-03-03)|
|1990||Start of the Foundation of Zaire. After the postulancy, the candidates will continue their formation with the FAC. (Congo Kinshasa 1990-11-25)|
|1993||Start of the first Chapter of the Foundation. The headquarters is fixed at Libreville. (Central African Foundation 1993-03-27)|
|1995||The Foyer Laval for 1st Cycle students is opened at Mont Ngafula, Kinshasa. (Congo Kinshasa 1995-09-09)|
|1997||Opening of the Chapter at Kribi, Cameroon, which is to prepare the way for the establishment of the Province of Central Africa. The Superiors of the four Districts and repre-sentatives of the Foundation are present. (Central African Foundation 1997-02-20)|
|1998||The General Council decides, after discussions at Kribi in Cameroon, that the four founding districts of the FAC should work towards a fusion to be known as the "Province of Central Africa." (Central African Foundation 1998-05-27)|
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.
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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