|3 Spiritan Communities:|
|1850||The Apostolic Pre-fectures of Basse-Terre and Martinique become dioceses by decision of Pope Pius IX. (Guadeloupe & Martinique 1850-09-27)|
|1851||Mgr. Lacarri"re sets out for Guade-loupe and Mgr. Leherpeur for Martinique. They are the first bishops of the new "colonial" dioceses, the creation of which was one of the last major tasks of Libermann. (Guadeloupe 1851-03-14)|
|1858||Four Sisters of Saint-Paul de Chartres go to the camp of Désirade for lepers. Sr. Elisa Bri"re will work there for the next 35 years. (Guadeloupe 1858-03-28)|
|1859||The first diocesan synod takes place. (Guadeloupe 1859-04-13)|
|1865||A devastating cyclone is followed by a cholera epidemic. There are 6,000 victims in the region of Basse Terre alone. (Guadeloupe 1865-04-09)|
|1877||The population of Guadeloupe is a little over 110,000 and there are 85 priests to minister to them, i.e. 1 priest per 1,650 people. (The figure in 2000 is 1 priest per 8,000 people). Laicisation soon begins: in 1889, the Brothers of Plo‘rmel lose the community schools that they have founded 50 years earlier. (Guadeloupe 1877-02-13)|
|1905||Henceforth, the diocese of Guadeloupe is no longer dependent on the diocese of Bordeaux but directly on the Propaganda Fide in Rome. (Guadeloupe 1905-05-19)|
|1907||As a result of the law separating Church and State, nurseries, orphanages, hospices and prison infirmaries are closed and 100 sisters are left without work. (Guadeloupe 1907-04-16)|
|1912||Propaganda confides the diocese to the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Mgr. Pierre Genoud is the first bishop, from 1913 to 1945. In 1910 there were 2 Spiritan priests, in 1939 there were 39 and in 1970 there were 65. (Guadeloupe 1912-02-05)|
|1912||Propaganda asks the Congregation to assume responsibility for the old colonial dioceses of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Reunion, as well as the Apostolic Prefectures of St. Pierre & Miquelon and French Guiana. (Martinique 1912-03-04)|
|1928||Centenary of the arrival of the Sisters of St. Joseph de Cluny. It was also the year of the worst cyclone of the century. (Guadeloupe 1928-02-21)|
|1932||The ordination of Georges Magloire who came from Les Saintes on the island. (Guadeloupe 1932-04-26)|
|1939||There are 61 priests in the diocese: 22 seculars and 39 Spiritans. (Guadeloupe 1939-06-16)|
|1986||Small Christian communities become a priority in the pastoral plan. (Guadeloupe 1986-11-18)|
|1993||Opening of the diocesan Synod in the cathedral of Basse-Terre which will last for two years. The closure is in the velodrome of Gourde Liane at Baie-Mahault. (Guadeloupe 1993-12-12)|
|1997||A demonstration at Basse-Terre by at least 12,000 Christians in support of the Association for homeless children in danger of abuse. In August of the same year, 231 boys and girls from the diocese went to Paris for the World Youth Day. (Guadeloupe 1997-03-16)|
|2000||A Creole diocesan priest, Fr. Manuel Moralès, is assassinated at the age of 83. In August, a group of young adults, men and women, takes part in the Jubilee World Youth Day celebrations in Rome. (Guadeloupe 2000-05-14)|
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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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