|6 Spiritan Communities:|
|1804||Independence of Haiti. (Haiti 1804-01-01)|
|1843||Sent by François Libermann, Père Eugene Tisserant arrives in Haiti for his first period there. (Haiti 1843-08-15)|
|1843||Eugéne Tisserant is received by General Hérard, the head of the provisional government of Haiti. He is given freedom to exercise his ministry, to invite more of his confreres and to open a seminary-college. The General asks him to inform the Holy see that he is ready to renew discussions with Rome. The agreement comes to nothing. (Haiti 1843-12-30)|
|1844||Père Eugène Tisserant is appointed Prefect Apostolic of Haiti. (Haiti 1844-02-13)|
|1844||Revolution in Haiti and departure of Eugène Tisserant. (Haiti 1844-05-09)|
|1845||Eugène Tisserant, who had arrived in Haiti in December, 1843, leaves the country for good, con-vinced that any apostolic ministry there is impossible. (Haiti 1845-03-18)|
|1859||Propaganda asks the Congregation to negotiate a concordat between Rome and the State of Haiti. Three priests are sent to help Mgr. Monetti, the Apostolic Delegate. He appoints Père Pascal as Vicar General and Père Cheney as his assistant. Père Aymonin is made parish priest of Pétionville. (Haiti 1859-01-05)|
|1860||A Concordat with Rome is approved by the Government of Haiti. Henceforth, bishops will be appointed by the Head of State instead of by the Vatican. (Haiti 1860-05-10)|
|1870||The Junior seminary of Saint-Martial is confided to the Spiritans. 43 Spiritans are working in the country at this time. (Haiti 1870-02-04)|
|1878||Père Weick, professor of physics, sets up a me-teorological station at St. Martial which continues to function until 1969. The first fire brigade at Port-au-Prince is established by the Spiritans. (Haiti 1878-02-09)|
|1919||Spiritan personnel are reduced in number as a result of the war. The Congregation tries to hand over the management of Collège St. Martial to the Archdiocese, but the plan is dropped after the intervention of the Holy See. (Haiti 1919-03-07)|
|1923||Several German confreres are working in Haiti: Frs. Spies, Scherer and Weik. Fr. Scherer starts a meteorological station and Fr. Daniel Wiek is the founder of the fire brigade of Port-au-Prince. (Haiti 1923-04-06)|
|1950||President Estimé asks the Congregation to direct a house for street children, and it does so for the next ten years. The Spiritans witdraw from the work in 1960 because the Duvalier government no longer keeps to the terms of the original contract. (Haiti 1950-01-11)|
|1957||The reign of terror of the Duvalier family. The Spiritans try to defend the people and look after the young. Père Grienenberger, the superior, as well as his successor, are expelled from the country. The others would follow soon after. (Haiti 1957-02-08)|
|1965||The Spiritan District of Haiti is established once more. (Haiti 1965-08-17)|
|1969||Under the anti-Communist laws, the Gov-ernment expels five Haitian Spiritans from their coun-try: Antoine Adrien, Jean-Paul Claude, Max Domi-nique, Paddy Pou and Ernst Verdieu. The Collège Saint Martial is taken from the community. (Haiti 1969-08-15)|
|1986||The Diocese of Brooklyn ceases to be responsible for the Spiritans who have been working with Haitian refugees. They meet together to plan their return to Haiti. They draw up a common plan, giving priority to the poor. They will not take over the College of Saint-Martial again. (Haiti 1986-11-18)|
|1986||The last Spiritans leave Brooklyn to return to Haiti. (Haiti 1986-12-19)|
|1994||With the arrival of the government of Aristide in 1994, the decree of President Duvalier of 1969, giving the College of Saint-Martial to the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, is revoked. (Haiti 1994-12-12)|
|1995||By decision of the District Council, the Spiritans take over Collège Saint-Martial again after an absence of 26 years. (Haiti 1995-12-13)|
|1997||In September, the opening of the first Spiritan novitiate on Haitian soil. (Haiti 1997-01-28)|
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).
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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