|12 Spiritan Communities:|
|1841||Père Jacques Laval arrives in England on his way to Mauritius. After a short stay waiting for a ship in the East End of London, he finally sets sail on June 4th on board the "Tangora", bound for Bombay via Mauritius. (United Kingdom 1841-05-13)|
|1841||Jacques Laval leaves London for Mauritius on board the "Tangora", in the company of Bishop Collier, Père Gilles O.S.B., Fr. Larkan (Irish) and L'Abbé Rovery (French). (Mauritius 1841-06-04)|
|1841||Arrival of Jacques Laval at Port-Louis. From the start, he worked totally for the black people. (Mauritius 1841-09-13)|
|1847||A letter from Libermann telling Fathers Thevaux and Thierse to leave Australia. Both subsequently served in Mauritius until their deaths in 1877 and 1888 respectively. (Australia 1847-05-02)|
|1848||Blessing of the foundation stone of the church of Sainte Croix. Bishop Collier is met at the chapel by all the missionaries and the men of the locality, carrying their work tools. Jacques Laval is subsequently buried in this church. (Mauritius 1848-06-18)|
|1850||Jacques Laval, the superior of the Spiritans in Mauritius, sends Père Thévaux to the island of Rodrigues. He starts evangelisation and builds the chapels of Saint-Coeur de Marie and Saint Gabriel. (Mauritius 1850-04-09)|
|1851||Bishop Collier writes to Libermann that he is no longer planning to confide the Sey-chelles mission to him because the British government does not want French missionaries in the islands. (Mauritius 1851-07-31)|
|1854||Jacques Laval is joined by two more confreres: Fathers Bourget and Tanguy. (Mauritius 1854-05-02)|
|1864||The death of Père Jacques Laval, the apostle of Mauritius. (Mauritius 1864-09-09)|
|1868||The Holy Ghost Fathers open a large diocesan secondary school, the Collège Saint-Louis at Port Louis. Thirty years later, their number had grown to 17. (Mauritius 1868-01-01)|
|1916||The Pope confides the diocese of Port Louis to the Spiritans and appoints Fr. John Murphy (Irish Province) as bishop. Prior to this, he was Provincial of both the Irish and American Provinces. (Mauritius 1916-07-18)|
|1926||Bishop John Murphy confides several more parishes to the Spiritans: Pamplemousse, New-Grove, Chemin-Garnier, Notre-Dame du Rosaire and the service of the cathedral. (Mauritius 1926-04-18)|
|1955||Five Mauritian priests are ordained at Mary Queen of Peace by Mgr. de Langavant, the bishop of Reunion. Bishop Liston of Port Louis was sick at the time. (Mauritius 1955-08-05)|
|1969||Mgr. Margeot is named bishop of Port-Louis. He is ordained on May 14 at the monument of Mary, Queen of Peace, at Port-Louis. (Mauritius 1969-02-06)|
|1983||The first professions of the new Foundation: 3 from Mauritius and 2 from Madagascar. (Indian Ocean Foundation 1983-08-11)|
|1988||First 3 missionaries of the Foundation set out from Mauritius for Papua New Guinea. (Indian Ocean Foundation 1988-01-24)|
|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)|
|1991||The noviciate is transferred from Saint-Giles-les-Hauts in Reunion to Rose Hill and La Salette in Mauritius. It finally returns to Reunion in 2001. (Indian Ocean Foundation 1991-07-18)|
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.
Spiritan Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation and InterReligious Dialogue Newsletter featuring: Spiritans: Advocates in Mission | Vivat: Nigeria Workshop 2017 | Workshop in the Dem. Rep. of Congo | Global Water Crisis: Duquesne | Testimony from Algeria | Better Christians/Muslims relations: Tan-Gaza University College Programme | Pope in Cairo
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.
203 / October / November / December 2017 | 40 Years of Spiritan Presence in Asia: Pakistan / Philippines / Taiwan / Vietnam / India | Rome : Meeting of New Superiors | Brazzaville : Meeting on Solidarity | Chevilly-Larue : Spiritan Studies | Missionary Appointments / Council Decisions
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.
Spiritan Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation and InterReligious Dialogue Newsletter featuring: INTEGRATING PEACEBUILDING IN SPIRITAN MISSION ♦ PEACEBUILDING ECHOES FROM SOUTH SUDAN ♦ A SMALL PEACBUILDING PROJECT IN SIERRA LEONE ♦ PRESENCE AS A HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE AND PEACEBUILDING IN THE MIDST OF WAR ♦ MINISTRIES IN AREAS OF CONFLICT ♦ OUR TIMES: SECULAR AGE OF GOD’S CENTURY
Spiritan Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation and InterReligious Dialogue Newsletter featuring: GENDER CONTRIBUTIONS TO SPIRITAN JPIC ♦ ALONGSIDE THE OPPRESSED IN GERMANY ♦ LAY SPIRITAN MISSION IN BOLIVIA ♦ WOMEN AND MEN AS EQUAL PARTNERS IN CANADA ♦ WITNESS OF A LAY SPIRITAN IN CAMEROON ♦ INTERRELIGIOUS LIBRARY IN MAURITANIA ♦ THE MARAKESH DECLARATION
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.
Spiritan Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation and InterReligious Dialogue Newsletter featuring: REFLECTIONS ON THE “JUNGLE”
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ESPACE JARROT; SPIRITAN DIARY FROM NYARUGUSU CAMP; KEEP IT IN THE GROUND: SUMMARY OF THE CONFERENCE OF PARTIES (COP21) IN PARIS 2015; ENCOUNTERING JUDAISM; AEFJN/STAKEHOLDERS RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT LAND GRABBING IN AFRICA; VALUE OF ADVOCACY MINISTRY – VIVAT INTERNATIONAL GENEVA; VIVAT INTERNATIONAL DESK IN GENEVA
Spiritan Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation and InterReligious Dialogue Newsletter featuring:
Nigeria : Bridging the gap between Christian narrative and social Justice
Heatwaves in Australia
Ireland : Recycling
Spiritan response to a cry after typhoon Sendong in the Philippines
Inter-religious Peacebuilding – Chat with Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, CSSp
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