|1841||Edward Barron, John Kelly and Denis Pindar set out from the U.S. for Liberia. (Deux Guinées 1841-12-15)|
|1842||Edward Barron, John Kelly and Denis Pindar land at Cap des Palmes. (Deux Guinées 1842-01-31)|
|1843||The first missionaries of the Society (7 priests and 3 "brothers") leave Bordeaux for Guinée. They arrive at Cap des Palmes (Liberia) on November 30th. (Holy Heart of Mary 1843-09-13)|
|1843||Exactly one year after the visit of Bishop Barron to Libermann, Père Léopold de Régnier is the first of the missionaries to die at Cap des Palmes. (Holy Heart of Mary 1843-12-30)|
|1844||The American Hierarchy are concerned about the liberated slaves in Liberia and Sierra Leone. They send Monsignor Barron, Fr Kelly and a catechist, James Pindar, to investigate. (Liberia 1844-02-15)|
|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)|
|1844||Three missionary communities are established: Grand Bassam, with Pères Audebert and Laval and Frère Grégoire; Assinie, with Bishop Barron, Pères Bouchet and Maurice, Mr. James Keily and John Egan; Cap des Palmes, with Pères Bessieux and Jean Fabé. (Deux Guinées 1844-04-15)|
|1885||Frs. Blanchet and Lorber go to Monrovia at the request of the Liberian Administration to re-establish the Mission there. Fr Blanchet returns once more to Freetown and continues his work of expansion. (Liberia 1885-03-11)|
|1974||A Senior Seminary is set up in Gbarnga, Liberia, for the training of future priests from Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Liberia. Spiritans are associated with the seminary. Later, during the Liberian Civil War in 1990, it is transferred to the town of Makeni in Sierra Leone. (Sierra Leone 1974-10-26)|
God of new beginnings, God of our founders and ancestors in the Faith, As we prepare for our forthcoming General Chapter in Lichen, Poland, we pray to you in gratitude for the charism we have inherited from Claude Poullart des Places and Francis Libermann.
On Mission Sunday, 20th of October, 2019, the Superior General, Fr. John Fogarty, and all the members of the Generalate community welcomed our three bishop confreres who are participating in the Pan-Amazon Synod: D. Altevir José da Silva, D. Teodoro Mendes Tavares and D. Francisco J. Meinrad Merkel. Also present were other bishops where the Spiritans work or those who have a relationship with us. Among them was the President of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), D. Valmor de Oliveira de Azevedo.
The International Meeting of Spiritan Formators (IMSF) was held in Dakar from 25 June to 4 July 2019. It was organized by the General Council of Spiritans in preparation for the General Chapter in Lichen-Poland in 2020.
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.
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Fr. Marc Whelan, Provincial of Ireland, explains the reasons behind the meeting held in Rome (June 1-2, 2018).
Sunday the 20th of may, the Spiritans in Rome and their guests celebrated the feast of Pentecost. It’s the anniversary of their foundation, in 1703. The celebration was presided by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican’s Secretary of State.
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 150th anniversary of the Spiritan presence in Portugal was an occasion to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and to look at the future with hope. “Joyful in hope” (Rom 12,12) was the motto chosen for the anniversary.
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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We, members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, participants in the Enlarged General Council, which took place at the Casa di Esercizia of the Passionists in Rome from 19th June-2nd July 2016, return to our missions with an enormous sense of gratitude.
For the past couple of years the General Council and the two Spiritan Communities in Italy, (Torino and Palmarola), have been engaged in a process of reflection and discernment regarding the status and the future of Spiritan presence in Italy.
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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
Libermann exhorted us to practice charity at all times, to identify with those we serve and value peace, solidarity, justice, and freedom, which find their fulfillment in Jesus. His writings bring to life the principles behind Spiritan faith, mission and practices.