|20 Spiritan Communities:|
|1865||Propaganda Fide confides the Prefecture of the Congo (Angola) to the Spiritans; it was first set up in 1640 and run by the Capuchins. On 09.09.1873, P. Hippolyte Carrie and Brother Fortunat Engel disembark at Landana. P. Charles Duparquet, the Vice-Prefect, lands at Loango and proceeds over-land with the baggage. (Angola 1865-09-09)|
|1866||The first three Spiritans disembark at the port of Ambriz from the steamer "Lincolnshire": Frs. Joseph Marie Poussot (Vice-Prefect), Antoine Espitallié and Etienne Billon (an Agregé). (Angola 1866-03-14)|
|1866||Spiritan missionaries celebrate Mass for the first time on Angolan soil (at Ambriz). (Angola 1866-03-15)|
|1868||Fr. Antoine Espitallié dies in hospital in Luanda, the first Spiritan to die in Angola. He is bur-ied in the cemetery at Cruzes, Luanda. (Angola 1868-03-29)|
|1870||The death of Père Fulgence Lapeyre at the age of 28. He is the third victim of the mission of Angola : Père Espitalié and Mr. Billon have already died. (Angola 1870-01-19)|
|1870||The General Council decides to withdraw all Spiritans from Angola, leaving it to the Propaganda Fide to decide whether this should be a definitive or temporary decision. In the event, the withdrawal will last for four years and four months. (Angola 1870-08-11)|
|1875||Foundation of the junior seminary of Landana (Père Duparquet), subsequently transferred to Loango in 1887. (Congo 1875-01-08)|
|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)|
|1922||The Portuguese government allows brothers to enter the country, on condition that they do not work in groups. (Angola 1922-03-18)|
|1928||The death in Paris of P. José Maria Antunes. Born in Santarém in 1856, he was one of the first students of the Congo seminary at Santarém. He founded the mission of Huila and was one of the great architects of the Spiritan presence in Angola. (Portugal 1928-12-16)|
|1976||Death of Fr. Ties Thijssen (Holland) and Br. Alfonso Rodriques (Portugal), killed by a govern-ment soldier at the mission of Caconda. (Angola 1976-03-16)|
|1977||The Angolan Province is created. (Angola 1977-06-29)|
|1978||News arrives of the brutal assassination of P. José da Silva Pereira, aged 72, a Portuguese Spiritan who has been in southern Angola for 43 years. (Angola 1978-04-05)|
|1985||Death at Malanje of Jean-Etienne Wozniak (France) aged 29, who had been in Angola for only one year. He and John Kingston (Ireland) ran into an ambush as they approached the mission of Kiwaba. (Angola 1985-05-26)|
|1987||Fr. Nicolaas Ligthart of the Dutch province is killed in an ambush between Huambo and Chinguar. He was aged 46. (Angola 1987-02-24)|
|1992||P. Abilio Guerra (47 years in Angola) of Portugal is killed in mysterious circumstances at Luanda; he is taken from the entrance of the Provincialate and found dead on the following day in the outskirts of the town. (Angola 1992-04-24)|
|1995||P. Benedito Roberto is appointed Bishop of Sumbe, the first Angolan bishop of the Congregation. (Angola 1995-12-30)|
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.
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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