|10 Spiritan Communities:|
|1845||Having received a letter describing the climate of the island of Nossy-Bé as "unhealthy and debilitating", Libermann postpones a decision to send some of his missionaries to Madagascar. (Madagascar 1845-05-15)|
|1848||M. Monnet, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, is proposed to Rome as Vicar Apostolic of Madagascar. (C.S.Sp. 1848-07-03)|
|1849||M. Monnet, the 10th Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, leaves Paris for his Apostolic Vicariat in Madagascar, having resigned on November 22, 1848, in favour of François Libermann. (C.S.Sp. 1849-05-14)|
|1894||A Jesuit, Père Chervalier, ministers for a few months at Mahajanga but there is still no church. There have been two Protestant churches there since 1874, one at Rova and the other in the town. (Madagascar 1894-02-28)|
|1898||Mgr. Alexandre Le Roy agrees to send missionaries to Madagascar. (Madagascar 1898-04-05)|
|1898||Arrival of Mgr. François-Xavier Corbet and Père Georges Leportier, his Vicar General. (Madagascar 1898-12-13)|
|1907||From July to September, the plague dev-astated Mahajanga and Mahabibo. Many houses were burnt down: at least half of Mahabibo and one fifth of Mahajanga are reduced to ashes. (Madagascar 1907-04-16)|
|1911||M. Augagneur. Governor General of Madagascar, forbids Malagasy children to attend the same schools as the Europeans and those of mixed blood; he later leaves Madagascar "to the great de-light of the whole population"! (Madagascar 1911-03-21)|
|1925||The Vicariat Apostolic of Mahajanga is created from the western part of the Vicariat of North Madagascar. Père Paul Pichot, the Vicar General of Mgr. Fortineau, is named as Bishop and is ordained on June 30 at rue Lhomond, Paris. (Madagascar 1925-03-25)|
|1930||Mgr. Pichot presides over the taking of the habit by the first 9 young girls to join the diocesan congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mahajanga. (Madagascar 1930-06-02)|
|1937||Mgr. Pichot receives the vows of the first sisters at Maevatanana after a noviciate of 7 years! (Madagascar 1937-05-16)|
|1938||Apostolic Vicariate of Mahajanga is cut off from a territory in the north to form the Prefecture Apostolic of Ambanja (a name given to it in 1938). (Madagascar 1938-01-26)|
|1943||Ernest Ramiaramanisa is ordained priest by Mgr. Wolff in the church of Mahabibo, the first Madagascan priest from the Vicariat Apostolic of of Mahajanga. (Madagascar 1943-08-15)|
|1954||The Spiritan Sisters leave Maha-janga. They had arrived there in May, 1927. (Madagascar 1954-07-31)|
|1964||An inter-denominational prayer service took place in the cathedral of Majunga, marking the beginning of the ecumenical movement in the country. (Madagascar 1964-01-23)|
|1976||Riots between Bestsirebaka and people of the Comores result in the death 1,400 Comorians at Mahajanga. The government of the Comores repatriates 14,500 of its nationals by plane and boat. (Madagascar 1976-12-31)|
|1978||L'Abbé Armand Razafindratandra is consecrated bishop of Majunga in the Cathedral square. (Madagascar 1978-07-02)|
|1980||A meeting of young Mauritians and Malagaches in Reunion island. (Indian Ocean Foundation 1980-08-07)|
|1982||The first Spiritan formation house opens in Madagascar- Foyer Laval at Tananarive. (Madagascar 1982-09-18)|
|1983||The first professions of the new Foundation: 3 from Mauritius and 2 from Madagascar. (Indian Ocean Foundation 1983-08-11)|
|1984||The cyclone "Kamisy" devastates the town of Mahajanga and the surroundings. Con-siderable damage to the cathedral and bishop's house. Also much damage in Amborovy. (Madagascar 1984-04-11)|
|1988||The Indian Ocean Foundation (IOF) makes PNG one of its priority missions, sending its first members in 1988. In 1995, the Nigerian Province also becomes a partner in the mission. (Papua New Guinea 1988-12-23)|
|1989||Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo at Tananarive. A delegation from the diocese of Mahajanga takes part in the ceremonies. (Madagascar 1989-04-28)|
|1995||A Spiritan archive is opened on the feast of Pentecost at Maison Libermann in Antanima-landu (Majunga), centre of our operations in Madagascar. The diocese has its own separate archives elsewhere. (Madagascar 1995-06-04)|
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