|5 Spiritan Communities:|
|1835||Ordination to the priesthood of Père Jean-Benoît Truffet. In 1846 he is ordained bishop at Our Lady of Victories in Paris, the first Vicar Apostolic of the new Congregation of the Holy Heart of Mary. He returns to Dakar but dies six months later. (Deux Guinées 1835-07-19)|
|1842||Rome appoints Bishop Barron as Prefect Apostolic of Guinée. (Deux Guinées 1842-01-22)|
|1842||Episcopal ordination of Père Truffet as Vicar Apostolic of the Two Guinees by Mgr. Mioland, bishop of Amiens. (St-Coeur de Marie 1842-01-25)|
|1842||Edward Barron, John Kelly and Denis Pindar land at Cap des Palmes. (Deux Guinées 1842-01-31)|
|1842||Rome names Mgr. Barron as Prefect Apostolic of Guinée. (C.S.Sp. 1842-02-22)|
|1844||The death of Louis Pindar (USA) at Capes des Palmes. (Deux Guinées 1844-01-02)|
|1844||Foundation of the mission of Assinie (in present-day Ivory Coast) by MM. Bouchet, André and John Egan. (Holy Heart of Mary 1844-03-17)|
|1844||A start is made at Grand Bassam (in present-day Ivory Coast) by Pères Audebert, Laval and Frère Grégoire. (Holy Heart of Mary 1844-03-29)|
|1846||Mgr. Truffet is appointed the first Vicar Apostolic of the Deux Guinées (and the first bishop of Libermann's new society). He is ordained at Notre Dame des Victoires in Paris on January 25th, 1847 and arrives at Gorée on May 5th. (Deux Guinées 1846-09-22)|
|1848||Père Bessieux is appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Deux Guinées. He is ordained bishop in Paris on January 14, 1849. (Deux Guinées 1848-05-20)|
|1848||Père Bessieux is appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Deux Guinées. Mgr. Kobès, aged 28, is named as his auxiliary on 22.09.1848 and is ordained at Strasbourg on 30.11.1848. (Deux Guinées 1848-06-20)|
|1848||Père Jean Rémi Bessieux is appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Deux Guinées. Libermann insists that Père Kobès should be named as his coadjutor. (Deux Guinées 1848-07-03)|
|1855||Jean Lacombe from Senegal is accepted as a novice by Mgr. Kob"s at Dakar. He does his noviciate at Monsivry in France. (Deux Guinées 1855-05-10)|
|1875||Jean-Jacques Katty, son of the king of Thia, writes to Mgr. Duret (Vic. Apostolic of Conakry) asking for missionaries. He had been instructed and baptised by the Spiritans, along with his brothers Beno”t and Emmanuel. The request was forwarded to the General Council and resulted in an exploratory journey by Père Gommenginger from Sierra Leone. It marks the start of the mission in Guinée. (Guinée 1875-02-17)|
|1899||The southern part of Senegambia becomes a separate territory under the name of "Rivières du Sud". There is a plan to build a new capital in the island of Tumbo. From 1891, the territory is known as French Guinée. On February 8th, 1890, Père Raimbault arrives at Conakry to start a mission. From the beginning, evangelisation and development go hand in hand. (Guinée 1899-08-01)|
|1902||A caravan, led by Frs. Leclerc and Devante, leaves Conakry on foot for Kissi, more than 600 km away. They arrive 29 days later. The first mission to be founded is Brouadou. Père Devante dies within 3 weeks. (Guinée Conakry 1902-12-13)|
|1918||Even before the war had come to an end, Père Lucas founded the mission of Kourouss. (Guinée Conakry 1918-01-19)|
|1919||Mgr. Lerouge founds the Congregation of "The Little Sisters of Our Lady of Guinée". The first postulant takes the habit. On the same date, but in 1931, he opens the Senior Seminary of Dixinn. (Guinée Conakry 1919-07-02)|
|1921||Thanks to a lessening in the militant anti-clericalism of recent times, the Spiritans are able to move ahead with their schools programme. (Guinée Conakry 1921-03-24)|
|1924||Père Orcel prints the first Coniagui catechism with the Sunday Gospels. Père Leclerc begins the seminary at Dixinn. (Guinée Conakry 1924-03-23)|
|1942||Père Le Mailloux launches the first Catholic Action group in Conakry. (Guinée Conakry 1942-03-26)|
|1945||Père Michel Chaverot organises the first Christian trade union in the country (C.F.T.C.). (Guinée Conakry 1945-02-28)|
|1948||The General Council approves the foundation of the mission of Faranah in a strongly Moslem area. Frs. Petersen and Chamagne are put in charge. (Guinée Conakry 1948-01-20)|
|1949||Kankan becomes an Apostolic Prefecture. (Guinée Conakry 1949-05-12)|
|1961||After the suppression of the Catholic Action movements in 1959, the private schools are nationalised in September, 1961. As a result of his vigorous protests, Mgr. de Milleville, the Spiritan Archbishop of Conakry, is expelled from the country. (Guinée Conakry 1961-09-11)|
|1967||President Sékou Touré expells non-African bishops, priests and religious from the country, including 31 Spiritans. (Guinée Conakry 1967-05-01)|
|1970||Mgr. Tchidimbo C.S.Sp., the Archbishop of Conakry, is arrested for "plotting" and imprisoned at Boiro: he will not be released until August, 1979. In December 1979, Mgr. Sarah becomes the first secular Archbishop of Conakry. (Guinée Conakry 1970-12-23)|
|1979||The Archbishop of Conakry, Mgr. Raymond-Marie Tchidimbo, is released from prison after nine years detention. (Guinée Conakry 1979-08-07)|
|1985||After the death of Sékou Touré and the military coup, the Spiritans return to Guinée at the request of Mgr. Sarah, Archbishop of Conakry. In 1993, Pierre Haas, the former Superior General, starts a much-needed centre for on-going formation at Dalaba. (Guinée Conakry 1985-12-10)|
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.
Spiritan Superiors and formators from Africa and the Islands together with representatives from the Generalate in Rome, met for their bi-annual meeting from 22nd until the 27th August 2017, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
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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