|17 Spiritan Communities:|
|1842||Erection of the Vicariat Apostolic of the Deux Guinées. It consists of all the territory between Senegal and the Orange river, apart from the area under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Angola and Congo. Bishop Barron is the first Vicar Apostolic. (Gabon 1842-10-03)|
|1844||Bishop Barron arrives in Gabon to decide on the location of the new mission. Exactly five years later, the first Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Castres arrive: in 1852, they open a school and take on responsibility for the military and civil hospitals. (Gabon 1844-08-08)|
|1845||The opening of the first catholic school in Gabon at the mission of Sainte Marie. Mgr. Bessieux gives lessons in French and religious instruction. (Gabon 1845-01-23)|
|1845||Libermann writes to Bessieux: "Now that we have been given better news about the healthiness of the climate in Gabon, we have decided to send you more men as soon as possible". (Gabon 1845-09-01)|
|1849||The frigate "Pénélope" seizes the slave-ship "Eliza" with 46 slaves on board from Congo and Loango. They are put ashore in Gabon, close to the French Fort d'Aumale: as a result, the place is given the name of "Libreville". (Gabon 1849-07-01)|
|1850||Libermann writes to Bessieux that he is not against the creation of a new congregation to provide personnel for Gabon but he feels the time is not yet opportune. (Gabon 1850-01-21)|
|1850||Sister Constance, of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Castres (pioneers of the mission of Gabon), is drowned off the Santa Clara headland while returning from Libreville. (Gabon 1850-12-31)|
|1852||Mgr. Bessieux lives for two years at Dakar, from which he administers both the Vicariats of the Deux Guinées (Gabon) and Senegambia (Dakar) after Mgr. Kob's, his coadjutor, has returned to France. (Deux Guinées 1852-05-21)|
|1856||Having arrived on 01.03.1854, Père Duparquet begins Latin classes for several students. The only one to persevere is Guillaume Dorsay who becomes a Spiritan scholastic in France and dies at Ngazobil on 29.12.1869. (Gabon 1856-03-08)|
|1857||Frère Grégoire dies at sea on the way home to France for medical treatment. A native of Bordeaux, he was in the first group of Libermann's missionaries to the west coast of Africa. He survived the disaster of Guinée and travelled on with Père Bessieux to Gabon, working there for 13 years. (Gabon 1857-04-20)|
|1861||The school at St. Marie now has between 73 and 80 students. Six have begun to study Latin with Mgr. Bessieux -Àwhen he is not cutting, clearing the ground, planting with a cutlass or a pickaxe in his hand (B.G. 2, p. 229). (Gabon 1861-02-23)|
|1864||Bishop Bessieux blesses the church of Sainte Marie. The school has 120 children divided into two categories: students (80) and apprentices. The school run by the sisters has 70 children. (Gabon 1864-08-05)|
|1871||The birth at Libreville of Ignace Raponda Walker, the first priest from Gabon (ordained 21.07.1899) and a great expert on the history and culture of his people. (Gabon 1871-06-19)|
|1874||Armand Bambara from Gabon receives the tonsure at St. Joseph de Ngazobil (Senegal). He continues with his theological studies but dies at Li-breville (Gabon) on June 30th, 1883. (Gabon 1874-05-06)|
|1876||The death of Mgr. Bessieux. He holds his crucifix in his right hand as he is dying. (Gabon 1876-04-30)|
|1876||The death of King Denis, baptised on his death-bed by his son, Félix Adendé. (Gabon 1876-05-10)|
|1890||Profession of the first religious sisters from Gabon, in the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception of Castres. (Gabon 1890-05-15)|
|1892||Père Alexandre Le Roy is appointed Vicar Apostolic of Gabon. Ordained at Coutances in France on October 9th he arrives in Gabon on 26.03.1893. (Gabon 1892-06-03)|
|1913||The Protestant pastor and doctor, Albert Schweitzer, arrives with his wife Hélène at Lam-baréné. He opens his hospital which is organised in such a way that the sick will not be separated from their families. He receives the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and dies at Lambaréné in 1965. (Gabon 1913-04-18)|
|1919||Ordination of Frs. Gustave Bâtonnier, Jean Obame and Jean-Baptiste Adiwa. (Gabon 1919-05-04)|
|1921||At Donguila, three girls take the habit in the new congregation of the Sisters of Mary: Marie Philomène Fatou Berre, Catherine Toubanga Diouf and Anna Raspe. (Gabon 1921-03-30)|
|1934||Père René Lefebvre, the elder brother of Marcel, starts many social works in the country, especially for young people. The national football stadium of Libreville is named after him. (Gabon 1934-04-26)|
|1941||Three Spiritan sisters die of yellow fever at Mayumba. (Gabon 1941-05-07)|
|1947||The Apostolic Vicariat of Gabon now becomes the Apostolic Vicariat of Libreville. On July 7th, Père Jean-Jerome Adam is appointed the Vicar and is ordained at Colmar on December 9th. (Gabon 1947-07-08)|
|1947||The regional senior seminary is trans-ferred from Libreville to Brazzaville. (Congo 1947-10-04)|
|1958||The creation of the diocese of Mouila. Libreville becomes an Archdiocese. (Gabon 1958-12-11)|
|1961||Mgr. Ndong, the first bishop from Gabon, is ordained by Mgr. Marcel Lefebvre, the Apostolic Delegate, at Libreville. (Gabon 1961-07-02)|
|1968||The death of Mgr. André Raponda at Sainte Marie. Born in 1871 at Libreville, he is the first Gabonese priest to be ordained in 1899. (Gabon 1968-12-11)|
|1969||Inauguration of Maison Libermann as the residence of the Principal Superior in Gabon. During his time as Superior General, Mgr. Lefebvre urges all Districts to have a house that belongs to the Congregation. (Gabon 1969-06-15)|
|1975||The Episcopal Conference decides to set up a mobile team for on-going formation of priests, sisters and laity in the four dioceses of the country. (Gabon 1975-04-10)|
|1979||An organisation for encouraging vocations is set up for the whole country. The team moves around Gabon and establishes camps at Sindara during the long school holidays. (Gabon 1979-10-31)|
|1982||Opening of first Chapter of the District of Gabon. (Gabon 1982-03-03)|
|1982||Opening of the Spiritan scholasticate of Poullart des Places at Brazzaville-Kinsoundi by Père René Tabard. The students follow the courses at the Emile Biavenda Senior Seminary (the former Seminaire Libermann). Four years later, a philosophy house opens in Libreville (having spent the previous year in Bangui). (Central African Foundation 1982-09-22)|
|1986||The Council of Major Superiors meets with the Superior General at Brazzaville. (F.A.C. 1986-02-12)|
|1986||The Spiritan seminary "Daniel Brottier" opens beside the Collège Bessieux at Libreville. (Gabon 1986-10-19)|
|1993||Start of the first Chapter of the Foundation. The headquarters is fixed at Libreville. (Central African Foundation 1993-03-27)|
|1999||The 50th anniversary of the foundation of Collège Bessieux. The ceremony is presided over by Mgr. Basile Mvé Engone, Archbishop of Libreville, and the Prime Minister, Jean-François N'toutoume Emane. Both are past students of the college. (Gabon 1999-06-17)|
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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